The Vacation-Loving Dad


Every Day is a Holiday When You Have Family

Josh and Aubrey Naylor escape the Idaho cold for the beaches of Florida and California when the family budget an timeline allow, and trips Switzerland, Iceland, and New Zealand are on the short list, says Josh, because the kids need to see the world.”

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The Time-Conscious Dad


He Values Today While the Clock Ticks Away

“Being a dad is the greatest gift a guy could ever have; cherish it and respect it because that’s the best thing that could ever happen to you,” says Joey Few of parenting one-year-old Aiden.

“Even when you’re tired, even when you don’t feel like doing the stuff, you just have to do it; you only have one opportunity,” he advises.

The Fisher of Moments

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He Makes Time to Interact with His Children

Dylan and Allison Herman put their children at the top of their priorities, and Dylan’s interactions with the kids are meaningful, if sometimes challenging.

The Gardening Grandpa


He Makes the Most of Living Close

Ken Gregor says his grandchildren’s unique personalities require unique interactions. That’s why he talks with ten-year-old Ashden by phone most mornings and why Jasce, 2, gets cuddled.

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The Understanding Dad


He Gets Worn Down, But He Rallies For More

James (Jay) Aragon says children need love, understanding, patience, and boundaries. The father of adult daughters Holly and Katie—and the grandfather of

Holly’s two-year-old daughter, Arielle—says he and Sally Aragon (grandma) brace for action whenever Arielle comes over.

The Intentional Dad


He Parents With Purpose and Practice

Drop by Clinton Blettner’s house in the evening and you’ll find six-year-old Addilyn and her brother Landon, 5, devouring the spaghetti or casserole their dad made. After dinner you’ll see a father reading books to—or watching a movie with—two children.

The Dive-Right-In Dad


Trusts his ability to communicate with his son

C.J. Stark and his son Leon, 7, may be settled in on the sofa watching another episode of the old TV show Family Matters if you stop by their place. You might see father and son walking around Midtown, Coeur d’Alene, too, talking about

anything and everything with Leon leading the conversation with questions. C.J. says trust and conversation are keys to successful parenting. “I didn’t have bad parents; I really have great parents,” he said.

Busy Dad of Four


He takes fatherhood seriously - with a dose of humility

Chad Oswald says a good father makes time for his children, listens to them, teaches new things, plays with his kids, and encourages them to move on from their mistakes, just like he moves on from his mistakes.

“Being the father of four is a nonstop endeavor; it’s a lot to do. My wife Megan and I waited to have kids until we were

Starting an Emerging Leaders Club

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Emerging Leaders Club is an opportunity for college students earning their education degrees to connect with Idaho AEYC’s network of experts and other early childhood educators. There are clubs around Idaho, but it's very simple to start your own if you don't have one on your campus!