MoreOrLes LSU Fan Member since Nov 2008 16520 posts
re: Advice on how to be a great Dad! (Posted on 4/26/13 at 4:27 pm to Lookin4Par)
From My Dad (RIP DAD Love Ya Man) to my Kids
Do what you say you are going to do. Don't make promises you can't keep. Understand that as a parent you hope to give your children more opportunity than you had so that they can be even more successful than you.
Methuselah LSU Fan On da Riva Member since Jan 2005 12053 posts
re: Advice on how to be a great Dad! (Posted on 4/26/13 at 4:29 pm to Lookin4Par)
As some have alluded to, you can't do it only one way. You have to give them attention and affection and you have to provide discipline when it's needed. So many people seem to make the mistake of gravitating to one extreme or the other.
I'd say first comes he attention and affection part. Just little things like telling them you love them before they go to sleep at night. And if you work all week and thus don't see them a whole lot, I wouldn't spend every weekend playing golf or going out clubbing and sticking them at a babysitter.
The other part is discipline. You have to give the some room to be themselves and make their mistakes. But you can't let them do things like disrespect adults (or other kids for that matter) or do dangerous things.
And enjoy these years. One day you and your kids will look back on those years as "the good old days".
re: Advice on how to be a great Dad! (Posted on 4/26/13 at 4:32 pm to Lookin4Par)
Same advice I have for someone who just wants to be a good adult: don't make excuses for yourself. See your situation as your own responsibility. Also, take only as much "me time" as you honestly need to stay sane. There will be gobs of time later in life to do whatever it is you might now choose over time with your kids.