Ken Canfield

About Ken Canfield

Dr. Ken Canfield is a nationally known leader and scholar who has committed his life to strengthening fathers and families. He founded the National Center for Fathering – – in 1990 and has been involved with many other organizations during his career. He is the author of numerous articles, both popular and scientific, and has written twelve books, including The 7 Secrets of Effective Fathers, The Heart of a Father, The Adventures in Fatherhood Series, They Call Me Dad, and most recently, The HEART of Grandparenting, as well as several book chapters in collaborative texts. Ken and his late wife, Dee, were married 43 years and have five adult children (three daughters and two sons), three sons-in-law, one daughter-in-law and fourteen grandchildren. He has since married Dr. Michelle Watson Canfield and they share a passion for equipping fathers to engage in their children’s lives. When Ken and Michelle aren’t visiting family in the Midwest or on the East Coast, they reside in Oregon where they enjoy the outdoors, connecting with friends and family, and church activities.

Research: Trends of Fathering in America


Research on fathering in America. An overwhelming majority of Americans agree that fathers play an important and irreplaceable role in the lives of children: 89% agree that it is important for children to live in a home with both their mother and father. 92% agree that fathers make a unique contribution to their children's [...]

Research: Trends of Fathering in America2022-07-05T16:23:25+00:00

How to Communicate Better With Your Son


Knowing how to communicate better with your son isn't always easy. Think about the last conversation you had with your child. Did you walk away feeling closer to him, or did it raise your blood pressure by a few points? Was your child smiling, or looking for something else to do? Or was he [...]

How to Communicate Better With Your Son2022-07-05T11:57:24+00:00
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