Apr 22, 2011

The Truth


Some More Dad Action Points

● Just in case your child doesn't realize it, tell them clearly: "I'm here for you, and you can count on me. If you ever need something, you can call me anytime."

● Exercise great patience with your child when they struggle with a task or doesn't understand something. Stay focused on what's best for them.

● Work to stay up-to-date on what's going on in your children's lives -- what brings them joy, what makes them nervous, and so on, so you're more aware of what they need from you.

● Work on improving your listening skills, and use those skills to help convince your child that you really are concerned for their well being.

● You can't control feelings, but you can control your responses. It's much easier for a child to talk to an adult who accepts their feelings.

● Try something your child enjoys but that's new to you, even if it's a little bit out of your comfort zone -- like playing dress-up or video games, or participating in a hobby or sport.

Self-Respect


It is the highest form of self-respect to admit our errors and mistakes and make amends for them. To make a mistake is only an error in judgment, but to adhere to it when it is discovered shows infirmity of character. -- Dale E. Turner

Apr 11, 2011

Underestimate

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. -- Leo Buscaglia

Apr 9, 2011