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This is number 8 of 25 posts in this series.  I hope you are learning new things with 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 “Hugs and kisses are golden. Be generous”

I can’t begin to tell you how important this is to your kids.  This shows them your love for them as well as their feeling of being safe.  They grow up so fast and you have a limited amount of time to spend with them.  Give your kids as many hugs and kisses as you can before they leave the house.

Advice “Let your kids make their own choices”

This can be a very hard to follow sometimes but you need to let them live their lives even if you don’t like it.  They will have to do it when they get older so allow them to make their own choices as much as possible.  If they learn from their mistakes early in life under your house then they will not make them when they are out of your house.  This is part of life.

Advice “Get out in nature with the family”

Get your kids out in nature to enjoy the outdoors and get fresh air.  This can be very good for them as well as for you.  This also gets them away from electronics and game systems where they just set in front of them and eat as well as drink unhealthy stuff.  Some of the advantages for getting them outside is it lowers your stress level, you can get exercise, away from electronics and computers, its healthy, and its relaxing for everyone.

I know some kids have allergies and allergic to outside things, but you still can do this in a safe way as well as a safe environment for them.

Advice “Count to 10 before you react to your children’s actions”

This is a very good piece of advice I like to share with everyone I meet.  This allows you to not punish or yell at your kids at the heat of the moment.  It allows you to get control over your emotions so you don’t do something you will regret in the future or even in a few minutes.  If you show that you have control over your words and reactions then your kids will do the same thing to their kids later in life.  This and patience will come in handy and will take you a long way when raising kids.  This will feel uncomfortable a first but it will pay off in the long run.  Most dads learn this the hard way and I was not any differ.

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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