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.

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.…

Get on Board

Back to School On a recent Saturday we participated in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools  “Back to School Bash” along with hundreds of community family members. There were games and activities for the children. There was a free lunch of hotdogs and pizza for the everyone. There was entertainment. A national sorority sponsored the giveaway of school…

The Encore

Reflection in my Backyard For the past ten years, since my children left for college, I have mowed my grass and done the other yard work which I am able to do. Every weekend is my time alone with my earbuds and noise reducing earmuffs when I have time to think and reflect. Songs of…

Taking an Oath

The Oath of Office “I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of  …  and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. So help me God” If you have watched the news lately you have probably heard this or a similar oath…

Help Them Understand

The Pain Continues This week, we felt the pain of yet another mass shooting – during a July 4th Parade in a suburb of Chicago. As obvious as it is that something needs to be done, this event will fuel the continuing debate over gun control.  Pile that on to the school tragedy in Texas.…

Morning in America

Greetings Be There Dad Supporters! In recent weeks, Be There Dad has drawn some attention in the local and national media about our engagement of dads in local schools. Unfortunately, some of this visibility has been initiated because of the concern about school safety and security. As you know, dads add to the sense of…

Tip of the Iceberg

Visibility With mixed emotions, in the last week or so, our organization has gotten a lot of visibility as a result of the massacre in Texas. A dads group connected to  Be There Dad® responded quickly and the dads were present at a local school during car pool line for the three days following the…

Acting Like Grown-Ups

The Need for Reflection Joe Ehrmann, former NFL player, ordained minister and focus of the book Season of Life, has told us that as men we need to periodically take time to reflect on our lives, to see the bigger picture and to consider how we can impact our children; rather than staying busy and…