Oct 7, 2021
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Tim Olson is an author, teacher, Principal. Pastor, and life
coach with forays into audio publishing, radio hosting, and home
remodeling. His understanding of father-child relationships was
fostered through years of observation and application in education,
coaching clients around the world, and working with the National
Fathering Ministry in Minnesota and Ukraine.
As a business life coach, it was through coaching family
business owners that the significant connections between a father
and his children (or with his own father) finally gelled into
observable patterns that helped form the basis for his coaching and
for his book, The Legacy of Absence. Through it all, he's found his
way to helping others to discover who they are meant to be and to
become that person.
He and his wife, Kay, have been married for 54 years and are
blessed with three children, six grandchildren, four bonus
grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. They make their home
in New Hope, MN.
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- 2:55 - Praying for his grandsons-in-law
- 4:55 - National Fathering Ministry
- 6:03 - "Dr. Richard Green, a former
superintendent of Minneapolis schools. And he said to us, if the
kids come to us for kindergarten and do not have an involved father
or an involved grandfather, they are already lost to us"
- This conversation was the purpose for working with black
urban fathers of preschool children.
- 6:46 - Working with fathers in Ukraine -
starting a fatherhood ministry that has impacted the nation
- 8:06 - Ukrainian college women drawing where dad
sits in the family circle
- 9:22 - "The father for a time was even
taken out of the Russian dictionary. And and if you go back
in history and I covered some of this in my book about how that
worked with communism and and Marxism, ... they did their
best to eliminate the father from the family and the the government
was supposed to be the ones who essentially raised the children by
way of the mothers...the government was in charge."
- 12:26 - Malachi 4:5-6
- 12:46 - Gordon Dalby is a great
spokesperson about fathering, and he [share that].... the
brokenness in this world between children and fathers reflects the
brokenness between humanity and God."
- 14:16 - "We have to try to find the right path
or we become complicit in crimes against it."
- 19:28 - "One of the things that I heard them say
often was, 'you know, my grandfather was like this, my dad was like
this, I'm like this, and my kids will be like this, and there's
nothing I can do about it. It's just the cards we were dealt.' And
I would say to him, You know what? That is a lie right out of the
pit of hell, yes, you can change. You may not be able to change how
tall you are and the color of your skin or anything like that, but
you can change your personality, you can change your character
quality, you can change the things you want and don't want to pass
on to your kids. You can do that."
- 20:56 - Story of reconciliation with his own
son and not wanting to pass on generational sins
- 31:30 - "Christ's example shows us as leaders in
our areas of strength as dads to come underneath our children and
our wives to lift and encourage and to praise and to pray for and
to make them who God intended them to be. But you know, the moms,
their wives have their areas of strength just as strong and in
their job then is in their areas of strength is to come under us as
fathers and to pray for us and lift us and encourage us and support
us to be the best dads we can be. And so there's this mutual coming
under, this mutual submissiveness, and it's the strongest, not the
weakest, that submits."