“I was really struggling with my teenage son. He was a great kid, but wasn’t doing well with school. I tried every restriction and punishment I could think of and none of it worked. The worst part was it was damaging our relationship. I worked with Wayne and he helped me understand how to work better with my son. One thing that he said that really helped me with decisions I had to make was, “When in doubt about what to do, err on the side of love.” My son did not end up doing things my way, but he did do things in a way we could both accept and he is doing great. Along the way, I learned to incorporate some of his carefree and artistic ways and make things better for me. So in the end, rather than trying to make him be like me, I learned to support him to be the young man he wants to be. And in the process, he changed me for the better.” – Rod
“I had it all figured out. I was a successful man that had a happy childhood, a loving wife, close friends, money in the bank and many options. The success I had experienced throughout my life was always a result of setting goals and working hard to reach them. I was the master of my domain…in control. Then, I became a parent. When my son turned 3, my wife and I began to realize that we had a high maintenance child that did not respond to “typical” parenting skills. Our instincts did not serve us and we began to lose confidence. We were told by a child psychologist that most parents can get by with average parenting skills, but we will need ”black-belt“ parenting skills to be effective with our defiant son. The tools that had served me so well in my life did not work anymore. I could not just work harder to fix my son’s behavior challenges. I felt like a failure and very isolated from other parents that seemed to have things under control. I was failing my most important job, being a parent. Wayne helped me see my son in a different light that gave me perspective so I could create a more healthy context in which to be a father to my son. And with the support of the men I have met through BetterMen, I have learned much about myself and it has helped me be the dad my son needs, not necessarily the dad I wanted to be. Wayne’s goal is to make good men better, and I feel he has succeeded with me.” – Marc
“It’s 2 A.M. as the front door opens. Once again, my teenage son is late on his curfew. As I race down the steps, we both brace for the impending confrontation. Heels dug in deep, faces tighten, anger beginning to boil. My wife hurries down after me to begin her tearful role as referee. Our faces meet in the foyer. I take a deep breath as my face softens and ask, “Is everything alright.” “Yes Dad, sorry I’m late, I’ll explain in the morning. I love you.” “We love you to son, goodnight.” Thanks Wayne” – Steve
“For me, it always comes back to the wisdom of the men. Doing this work, in this circle of men, has taught me lessons about being a man, husband and father that I’m positive my dad would have taught me, had he known how. Wayne has shown me that being a good father begins with me being the best man I can be. That’s the standard we hold each other to in my men’s group. Their wisdom has helped me through the many moments of fear, shame and doubt that life inevitably serves up. With the help of the men, I can give my kids something I never had—being raised in a home where there is a love affair going on. It’s the best gift I can give them.” – Eddie
“I have always been concerned about staying communicative with my girls as they matured into young ladies. I have learned a lot from other men at the Center who share the same concerns and who have had experience dealing with similar situations. My son and I have a strong relationship with open communication. I owe a lot of this great relationship to the tools and voice of experience that other men have shared.
My work with Wayne has helped me become the dad that I had always wanted to be. At first I was so excited about becoming a father but something changed slowly as my kids got older. I lost patience with my children very quickly and was always preoccupied and thinking about business when I was with my family. I was not happy nor was it who I wanted to be.
Working with Wayne has helped me gain a new perspective on what it means to be a dad. He has helped me become much more mentally and emotionally present when I spend time with my family by pointing out patterns that I was not previously aware of. I recommend working with Wayne for any dad that is looking to improve his relationships with his children.” – Mike
“Wayne Levine has helped me tremendously at a challenging time as a man and father. With both a daughter and son under the age of 10, I needed clarity and new ideas in how to show up differently and to be a good example for each child. Wayne delivers compassion, expert listening, and common sense suggestions in a positive way that has enhanced my confidence and instinct as a single father.” – Steve
“My work with Wayne has helped me become the dad that I had always wanted to be. At first I was so excited about becoming a father but something changed slowly as my kids got older. I lost patience with my children very quickly and was always preoccupied and thinking about business when I was with my family. I was not happy nor was it who I wanted to be. Working with Wayne has helped me gain a new perspective on what it means to be a dad. He has helped me become much more mentally and emotionally present when I spend time with my family by pointing out patterns that I was not previously aware of. I recommend working with Wayne for any dad that is looking to improve his relationships with his children.” – Mike
“Fathering children is tough work. Not only does the relationship with your kids test you, but so does the relationship with your wife. Sometimes it feels like going 15 rounds in the ring with your hands tied. But working with Wayne really helped me separate what was important, and what I needed to let go of. Once I figured out what I stood for, everything seemed easier and I was a much happier and successful father, husband and person.” – Larry
My work with Wayne
has helped me become the dad that I had always wanted to be. – Mike