I’m generally very patient with Jeremiah, 13, and Noah, 10. I remember what is was like at that age, trying to one-up my brothers with the sarcastic comments, saying “no” to everything my parents asked, no matter the question. I get why siblings like to wrestle and argue, how funny they think it is to give their parents a hard time. I understand that part of growing up is learning to assert yourself, to “be your own person.”
My daughter is 3 years old and we talk a lot. I started talking to her the day I knew I was pregnant and have gone on non stop. I have talked to her about my work , the people I meet, my hobbies, my husband and his interests, and sometimes even talk about what I read in the newspaper! When she was young, I think what really mattered to her was the sound of my voice. She used to try to make sounds too and we sure laughed together!
As parents you have huge aspirations for our children right from the start, all of them good and positive, no one would ever want them to grow up to be the next Hitler. So, it can be both a shock to the system as well as a personal hurt if you discover that your child has been bullying somebody else. A lot of parents don’t know what to do. I would like to try and help you with that with a few tips I have learned along the way.
“We hear a great deal about the rudeness of the rising generation. I am an oldster myself and might be expected to take the oldsters’ side, but in fact, I have been far more impressed by the bad manners of parents to children than by those of children to [...]
Everything we do as parents reflect on the lessons taught to us by our parents: from our manners, our personal characteristics, and even our social behavior. Any good parent will take the positives and try to pass them on to their children. At the same time, we try to adjust [...]
Today we live in a world where there is a lot of hate, negativity, and so much disrespect going around. We turn on the tv and all we see these days are people arguing, using inappropriate words, and just being disrespectful to one other. When children are born, they are [...]
I'm a father of five children. Yes, five. Their ages are as follows: One teen, two pre-teens who are the same age, a preschooler, and a toddler. My hands are full. My wife and I are both previously divorced with children from our first marriages. When I first met my [...]
Divorce is hard. It’s hard for everyone. The husband. The wife. Both sides of the family. Shared friends. But most of all…..the kids. That was the number one reason why I worked for years to try to salvage my marriage. I knew that our girls would suffer more than [...]
I warn you, this post starts off talking about my kids, moves onto some politics, and back to my kids. I have warned you. When did people stop holding doors open for others? When something unpleasant to downright terrible happens, why is it so often most people turn and look [...]
I was always taught to be respectful to others. Almost like a drill sergeant growing up with my mother, she'd instill in me basic manners and etiquette. Here are the top five things she taught me that I would never forget: Say please and thank you for everything and anything. I [...]
I remember my mom grabbing my $100 pair of tennis shoes I had bought with my money, opening the front door and slinging them out onto the front lawn and sidewalk. I thought mom was bluffing until the moment when the shoes left her hand and slowly twirled in the [...]
40 weeks (give or take) have come and gone. The big day is here. Whether you’re driving her to the hospital or filling up the birthing tub in your living room, chances are you’re nervous and excited. Your biggest job during birth is to protect the laboring mother and her [...]
I can’t believe how blessed I am to call you my dad! There are no words to describe my love for you but I want to say, thank you! Thank you for every compliment and kiss you gave mom, because of you, I’ve learned what it truly means to [...]
I don’t remember when we first met, but I know you do. I know you do because I will always remember when I first met my child. I never understood the unconditional nature of a father’s love until that moment when I first laid eyes on this tiny person I [...]
On this Father's Day, I want you to know one thing...I forgive you. It's been many years since we've spoken. And it may be many years more before we speak again. You don't know me. And I don't know you. We probably never did. So, on this Father's Day, I [...]
I wish you were still here to see all the things I am doing. I started playing guitar after you died. You would love what I am doing with my children’s music. I remember when you gave Kim the guitar. You never knew I would be the one who would learn to play. I’m working on my fourth CD for children now. You would be so proud. I miss you so much and I miss your love and support. I asked you on your deathbed what you were thinking about and you said, “my family.” I know that you didn’t always get what it meant to be an involved father and you did a lot of things wrong, but I heard you as you knew and regretted those mistakes. You loved us all very much and I know if you could come back you would do so many things differently.
About the Author's Father Ed @360_parenting provides single parent resources for those hurt and waiting for justice to be served. All parents matter! #Dadsmatter#pas #childabuse #tellthestory What is GetConnectDAD? @GetConnectDAD is an international project focused on One goal: More ConnectDAD families. [...]
Dear Dad, Thank you for everything that you provided for our family as I was growing up. As an adult I sometimes think back and remember how comfortable I was growing up, and I don’t recall ever really wanting for much. However, I also recall that as I grew older, you didn’t interact and spend much time with your children. Over the last several years I have tried to figure out how that happened. How could you be such a good provider and create a comfortable home life, but not be a part of other family life activities? As I mulled it over the last 2 or 3 days, I think I finally figured it out.
HAPPY FATHERS DAY!!! You were then and are now the greatest man I will ever know. The older I got the more I found myself thinking what would Dad do in any situation. Usually the convo in my head starts as "well dad always said". The lessons you taught me [...]
For fathers day I wanted to share with the world the amazing person who I am grateful to call dad. As my husband asks me each week on qualities of a father that will be helpful in getting our children to have the traits he is writing about on [...]