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Josh Misner, Ph.D.
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Josh Misner, Ph.D., is an award-winning communication and leadership professor and mindfulness researcher. His research focuses on the impact of mindful presence, or paying careful attention on purpose, particularly with respect to fathers and their families. A devoted husband and active father of four, Dr. Misner teaches methods to savor each and every moment with the intention of playing an active role in children's memories tomorrow. To help fathers facilitate this goal, Dr. Misner founded the Mindful Dad Project, a collaborative community effort aimed at reconnecting fathers who desire a deeper connection with their children. For more information, please visit www.mindful-dad.org or www.facebook.com/drjmindfuldad.

Entries by Josh Misner, Ph.D.

5 Steps Toward Parental Perfection

(0) Comments | Posted July 1, 2014 | 2:26 PM

What do nearly all parents have in common with Heath Ledger's Joker? Take a look at the following quote:

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What this quote from Ledger's legendary portrayal of Batman's nemesis does is perfectly encapsulate the essence of chaos. Most of us are in the...

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In Praise of Teachers and Social Media

(0) Comments | Posted June 16, 2014 | 4:15 PM

About a month or so ago, I wrote an article in praise of my sixth-grade teacher, Mr. Ray, partly because I was reminiscing about him with my daughter, explaining how he played a vital father-figure-esque role in my childhood, but also partly because of a case of mistaken...

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To the Unlikely Role Model Who Changed My Life

(0) Comments | Posted May 20, 2014 | 12:21 PM

The year was 1986. Top Gun and Ferris Bueller dominated the silver screen, while Whitney Houston and The Beastie Boys ruled the airwaves. Walking into my sixth grade classroom on the first day of school, I was a punk. It was only my second year in public school after transitioning...

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To the Unlikely Role Model Who Changed My Life

(0) Comments | Posted May 16, 2014 | 4:25 PM

The year was 1986. Top Gun and Ferris Bueller's Day Off dominated the silver screen, while Whitney Houston and The Beastie Boys ruled the airwaves. Walking into my 6th grade classroom on the first day of school, I was a punk. Being only my second year in public school after...

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Is Parenting Really Worth It?

(0) Comments | Posted May 13, 2014 | 4:28 PM

I've been thinking lately (which usually gets me into all sorts of trouble). What I've been wondering as I spend probably more time in thought than I should (maybe I need a hobby), is whether or not being a parent is all it's cracked up to be.

Every day, it...

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Father-Son Duo, Team Hoyt, Celebrates 37 Years of Inspiring Teamwork With One Last Boston Marathon

(2) Comments | Posted April 18, 2014 | 2:22 PM

In 1962, Dick and Judy Hoyt welcomed their son, Rick, into an unsuspecting world -- a world that would forever be changed by their presence and sacrifice. Because of complications with his birth, Rick was diagnosed as a spastic quadriplegic with cerebral palsy. According to a CBS interview,...

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Write Your Own Obituary

(0) Comments | Posted March 27, 2014 | 1:01 PM

The topic of death terrifies most of us. Facing our own mortality is neither a pleasant thought, nor is it one that most of us would choose to entertain on a daily basis. Even as I type the word "death," I am suddenly reminded of the absolute truth that all...

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A New Definition of Leadership

(0) Comments | Posted March 21, 2014 | 6:09 PM

Sheryl Sandberg, the chief operating officer of Facebook, recently proposed that we ban the word "bossy." Her reasoning?

When a little boy asserts himself, he's called a "leader." Yet when a little girl does the same, she risks being branded "bossy." Words like bossy send a message: don't raise your...
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How One Bad Day Became a Profound Lesson in Parenting

(0) Comments | Posted March 7, 2014 | 2:16 PM

The night before was daddy-kid movie night. Together, my kids and I gathered up nearly every pillow and stuffed animal in the house (which is a lot!), and carefully transformed the basement playroom floor into one giant and colorful cushion. This is a family tradition that we try to reenact...

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Catching Up With the Ticket Agent at the Delta Counter

(2) Comments | Posted February 19, 2014 | 2:57 PM

When I originally wrote the article, "To the Ticket Agent at the Delta Counter," I was not prepared for such an overwhelming response. In fact, I only wrote the article because my wife suggested I do so as a lesson in seeking forgiveness and being a good example...

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To the Ticket Agent at the Delta Counter

(90) Comments | Posted February 11, 2014 | 9:59 AM

In Chicago, we marveled at the snowfall on the tarmac. Looking out the window, I joked to my teenage daughter, "Who's going to shovel all that snow off the wings before we take off?" A little part of me inside grew worried by the minute, because I knew that the...

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Someone My Son Can Believe In

(7) Comments | Posted January 28, 2014 | 2:53 PM

Thinking back to my childhood last night, I scoured the recesses of my fuzzy memories to retrieve a list of my male heroes and role models, five of which spring to mind:

Indiana Jones: To me, Indy was the quintessential action hero. Witty when necessary, but more often than not,...

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Taking a Holiday From Technology

(0) Comments | Posted January 27, 2014 | 11:55 AM

Shortly after I first started teaching college communication classes, I came to the realization that I had no idea what I was in for. I had always heard that teachers brought their work home with them, but a little part of me assumed that was a reputation belonging only to...

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Tasting Time: Savoring the Moment

(16) Comments | Posted January 18, 2014 | 9:27 AM

Last weekend, my family and I had a few errands to run, so we packed everyone into the car and headed out. The agenda itself was pretty typical and nondescript: return some pants because they were the wrong size, pick up a few items for dinner that night and maybe...

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