Jeff Usher is Be There Dad. He became known as “Coach Jeff” during his 15 years of coaching soccer and basketball in a faith-based recreational league, teaching Sunday school and leading other child focused activities. Jeff is the founder of Be There Dad and the author of two books, Be There Dad and Take Them by the Hand. While he works as a lawyer to make a living; supporting children by leading and guiding their dads has become his passion in life. He has been happily married for over 30 years and has two grown children.

Holding Hands

Recently, I shared a copy of my book, Take Them by the Hand with an old friend.  Our conversation reminded me of a chapter that I think is particularly relevant in our world today.  Sometimes we need to reflect on the past in order to enhance our perspective for the future.  This excerpt from my…

A Rose

Recently, on PBS I watched a “Brief but Spectacular” moment about a woman named Rose who had been the store manager of a small town hardware store for some thirty years. Responding to how she had been able to help customers solve problems and fix things, she explained that her parents had instilled in her…

My Thanksgiving Prayer

Each Thanksgiving, while it is a time to give thanks for all the blessings which have been bestowed on me in the past year, I like to pray for those blessings that I hope will be forthcoming in the next twelve months as well. Our Bride, One Path In the last week, I was fortunate…

Loaves and Fishes

A Miracle Most folks, even those who are not Christians, have heard the story from the Bible commonly referred to as the story of the “loaves and fishes” [John 6:9]. In that story, Jesus took five loaves of bread and two fish and turned them into a meal for some 5,000 of his followers. Believers…

One More Step

One of our favorite family traditions is that sometime during the holidays, we all go to a movie together. Even as our children have grown, our tradition continues. Recently, that has meant going to a Star Wars movie every other year. Believing leads to success While I enjoy the new episodes, as you might imagine,…

It Could Be You

Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools has started an initiative called the Male Empowerment Network. The goal is to assure that every student in CMS will have access to a mentor who could help them fulfill their purpose. Most of us know the invaluable benefit of having had a mentor.  As Maya Angelo might say, our mission is…

Can We Do Better?

A Story in There Recently, when I returned home from an errand, I recounted to my spouse an interaction I had just experienced. Having walked beside me for so many years, while appalled, her response was predictable. She simply said, “There has to be a Be There Dad story in there”. And so, there was.…

Your Picture or Theirs?

Watching and Observing  Yogi told us, “you can observe a lot by just watching”…. So, I watched as folks gathered on the elementary school playground where the dads group had planned a movie night on the Friday evening before classes were scheduled to begin. Flyers had been sent via email to all the school families.…