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This is number 4 of 25 posts in this series.  Feel free to check out the rest of them by clicking here.  The following advice will only work if you put the time and effort into making them work.  I hope you are getting positive results by doing what I have listed already.

If this are things that you are already doing then just consider this as a refresher course as being a Dad.  But please still read the article because you might learn something new or even can add more in the comment section if you have a better way to explain it.

Moms can do these as well as Dads so don’t be afraid to try Moms.


Advice “Leave your watch and daytimer on your desk sometimes”

This is another way of telling you to spend time with your family and leave work at work and put your schedule away for a day and enjoy your time with your kids.  You don’t get that much time to spend with them before they are off on their own.  Don’t be one of those parents that wished they spent more time with their kids when they were younger.

Advice “Make a meal for your family ”

This is another way to appreciate your family and spend time with your kids.  Make a meal for your family tells them that your family comes first over everything else that is in your life.  It shows that you love your family and want to do things for them.  This is also a good way to get your kids to help you as well as teach them how to cook.  This will be an important part of their lives and a way you teach them that eating out is not always the first option  This is a way you can teach them how to save money since cooking at home is cheaper than fast food or a restaurant.  Unless you own the place.

Advice “Do something wacky and unpredictable in front of your kids”

This shows your kids that you are fun to be around as well as there is no set time or schedule for them or you to have fun.  This also teaches them that you can laugh at yourself and their selves by doing goofy things.  This will help build self-esteem with your kids.

Advice “Spend some time one-on-one with your child”

This is another important thing to do if you are a father of multiple children.  This will not have any bearing on parents of a single child since you do this every day.  It is important to spend one-on-one time with your kids.  It makes them feel special and allows them to relax around you since they are not trying to battle for your attention.  Every one of my kids enjoy their one-on-one time with me and my wife.  They think it is the best time with us and you get to know them individually since every child is unique.  This would be the time they can share their problems with you that they don’t want everyone in the family to know.  So this is an important way to stay in touch with your teenager when they go through middle and high school years.

I hope this series will be a big hit for everyone.  Like always if you see something that I posted wrong or if I leave something out then please feel free to leave a comment or email me the information.  I want this to be something new or veteran dads can use as well as all of the Moms out there.

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