Making time for your Kids

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Developing a strategy for becoming a better dad can sound like a big joke. To use the term “busy dad” in the current world is really an understatement.  A lot of us dads have a difficult time trying to balance our professional or personal demands against spending valuable time with the wife and kids too.  Just because your schedule is tight should not mean that you are destined to fail as a parent.  As a father, you need to learn better time management to help you stay connected with your children. It is obvious that parenthood doesn’t come with instructions – but there are some key approaches that you can use to your advantage.  Raising great kids in these busy times is not impossible....just time consuming. 

USING YOUR CALENDAR - Statistics have shown that fathers who are concerned about (and involved with) their kids’ activities both at school and home, earn their children’s respect, love and trust.  As a busy dad trying to “do it all”, I started by using my appointment calendar and noting my kids social outings, events and even when to have home-cooked dinner with my family. The point was that if I can schedule multiple meetings; trips, or other business commitments, why not better plan my quality time with the kids?  I may not be able to make it to all the calendar’d events, but by doing rotation between my kids dance recitals, movie nights, or even engaging them in a soccer game, I found it to be more rewarding for all of us.  Plus just knowing about their activities and expressing an interest scores big points too.

SMALL TALK - In most cases I bonded with my kids more when I had spontaneous conversation with them as compared to only working in scheduled activities.  Sometimes work and school schedules may mismatch, and the only time the kids might be seeing you is when they are arriving home from school while you are getting ready for the night shift.  This short time can be beneficial to both you and your child if you give them your undivided attention when such opportunity arises.  When your children realize you are not giving them full attention, or suspects that you are not concentrating on their conversation, they will lose trust and respect in you.  If you are good in listening and can communicate properly with the kids, you will be successful as a parent – if even for those brief random moments between the mad rush of daily life.  Your child’s feelings, views and opinions are real to them.  So, if you listen and discuss openly things like friendship, school work or peer pressure, it will assure your kids that you care about them and this will give them a sense of worth.

If your kids can see that you can do your job without compromising your opportunities to be with them, you are demonstrating how to be a responsible adult and parent.  This can also inspire your children with life lessons which they can apply later on when they become parents too.



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Children's Books Recommendations for Story Time

Average: 5 (2 votes)

Looking for a good book to read to your child? I have my master list of books that are can't miss choices on the first go around...and many subsequent re-reads. These books will not only be big hits with your child, but they’ll also be interesting enough to entertain you as well. After two years of children’s stories, I can assure you your child isn’t the only one that can be brought to tears with the wrong story time choice; too much of a bad read can bring a parent to the brink as well.

Wii games - Your key to Quality Time

Average: 4 (4 votes)

While we’re busy chasing the brass ring, we may not realize that we are actually losing out on the best time of our lives.  That’s why it is very important that we spend quality time with our family - especially with our children who constantly seek our love and attention.  We can enhance that quality time by playing family oriented games on Wii. There are lots of Wii games that are both interactive and fun. Here are a few to choose from:

Convincing Kids to do Homework

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StudyBack when I was in school, I needed someone to push me to do the right thing. We were encouraged (told) to study the material and not blindly do homework problems. My parents always made sure we did more than what was expected. Some of their methods may not have been very forthcoming, but eventually we understood the need to work hard in school and do our homework. Some of those strategies can still be applied while others may not necessarily work that well today (like a willow switch).  Here are some approaches to getting your kids to tackle homework....

Kids and Sports - the Dos and Don'ts

Average: 3.7 (6 votes)

Ever since my child could talk, he’s had sports on his mind. How else do you explain the fact his first word (and the next 1,000 as well) was “ball?” As a doting parent, I had no choice but to accommodate his wishes. So I got him a basketball. And then a football. And then a baseball. And then a golf ball. And then a tennis ball. And then… You get the picture. As a result, I suspect...

Benefits of Reading To Your Kids

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Reading kids mom dad booksWe used to read to our boys all the time when they were little. It was a special time for each of us as parents to have a quiet time to connect with them. The rush and worries of the day were put aside and we all took the time to relax and recharge our batteries. And the boys loved it because we were giving them all of our attention and meeting their emotional needs. This simple act was a critical time for us as parents since we both worked full time jobs.

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