TLBTV: Rick On Life – Strengthening Dads

With Special Guest - Brandon Brown

 Rick On Life – Strengthening Dads – With Special Guest – Brandon Brown


Hosted by: Rick Amitin

For too many decades now men, and especially dads have been caught in an extreme imbalance. When the virtuous fight for women’s rights was hijacked, by liberal and political ideology, dads were displaced. A small segment of misguided enthusiasts found the money to spearhead the charge against fathers. Creating political corruption against men. Going as far as proclaiming fathers as unnecessary and disposable.

While I stand firmly for equality fathers have endured the plight of marginalization long enough. The data is clear, fathers play a significant role in the raising of their children. When a father is not present in the home to answer some important questions for his children their lives are much more likely to run into problems. Including, poverty, failed marriages, and even incarceration.

The noted pediatrician, Dr. Meg Meeker, in her TED Talk shared the fact that fathers play a crucial role in the formation of identity in their children. She went on to say that when a dad is in the home, not a perfect dad, but a good enough dad, kids are less likely to struggle with depression, anxiety, and learning disorders. They’re more likely to graduate high school, go on to college, and go to graduate school. They’re far less likely to be involved in drugs, alcohol, and sex at an early age. Research shows that the number one reason a kid stays out of trouble directly relates to dad-connectedness.

The research also bears out that dads are the crucial component in the development of healthy children. Fathers have authority in a child’s life that is unmatched by any other person. Every child whether their five or fifteen looks to their father to answer 3 important questions: 1. What do you think about me, Dad? (am I smart? am I good?) 2. What do you feel about me, Dad? (am I lovable) 3. What are your hopes for me, Dad? ( do I have a future?)

I can tell you from personal experience that having a father and three stepfathers by the time I was nine years old left me without the answers to these important questions. And, I struggled as a result of leaving home before I knew who I was. Thankfully, I found a way to complete the maturation process. Unfortunately, I had to learn the hard way. Living in and causing pain along the way.

Brandon Brown and wife, Jenna started The Nest, a non-profit organization committed to strengthening the family unit. They saw a need in their community, for supporting fathers and mothers in their parenting roles and they decided to do something about it. Over the past four and a half years they have made an incredible impact in many lives, including their own.

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About your Host: Rick Amitin is TLB Project’s Assistant Media Director, a Writer, Author, Blogger, Poet, Inspirational Speaker, Founder of, and Host of “Rick on Life“. Rick is a contributing columnist for Read My Mind Magazine, an online and hard copy publication. Rick is published on various platforms including,, a Top Ten ( literary blog.

Rick published his first book, If Only I Had a Dad: Finding Freedom From Fatherlessness, a Memoir in December 2016. He has also published a Companion Workbook of the same title. Rick is currently working on a book of inspirational and thought-provoking poetry as well as his second book.

Rick is an Ordained Minister, traveled extensively as an Evangelist, and Pastored several churches before embarking on his journey as a Transformational Life Coach. As a Certified Behavioral Analyst, with the Institute of Motivational living, Rick believes determining why we do what we do is critical to effecting positive change in our individual lives.

Rick is in the final stages of developing an online training platform to accompany his live events, and one-on-one coaching sessions. Rick has attended countless seminars and training programs in personal development and has acquired an awareness of the deep disconnection brought on by a lack of understanding of the principles of compassion, empathy, and love. Rick is an optimist and believes strongly that the key to peace of mind, and a more peaceful world is found in personal responsibility.

Rick is highly visible on social media websites and engages with his community regularly. Rick is a consummate mentor accepting the mission of sharing his insights for living a rich, rewarding, and fulfilling life. Rick is an avid researcher and is committed to being a life-long learner. In an ever-changing world, Rick remains a lover of people.

Rick has been married to his wife, Tina, for 36 years. Has three grown children, four granddaughters, one grandson and three great-grandsons.

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