10 Ways to Be a Great Dad

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Real Estate Agent with Donovan Blatt Realty 01267479

I received an e-mail from a friend the other day, listing 10 Ways to Be a Better Dad.

As I read the list to my husband and a friend who was sitting with us, I realized that my husband scored high in each of the 10.

He works hard to keep our marriage strong and to respect me.

He spends so much time with our children.  He is very much a participant in their lives and in everything they do.

Daddy and Dylan

He takes the time to talk to our boys every day and to listen.

Our oldest son understands why is being disciplined and what actions will lead to it.  I'm sure our younger boy will follow when he's a little older.

My husband knew how important a father could be to a daughter and planned what he would do to make sure she understood love and respect.  Instead of a daughter, he has two wonderful sons that he is teaching so many important lessons.  The boys love their time with their dad.

He strongly believes that it is not only the responsibility of the school to teach his boys but that he must be an important component of everything they will learn and bring to the remainder of their lives.

Daddy and DavidDavid in a Tree

I used to be one for eating in front of the television, but when I was pregnant with our first boy, he told me how important he believed it was that we actually eat as a family.  Now, my older boy expects that we will eat together at the dinner table every night and discuss our day.  He knows it's a special day when we order a pizza, rent a movie and sit down together in front of the tv for a pizza/movie night.

My son expects to be read a book each night.  Sometimes, knowing it's a little late, he'll try to sneak in one of the longest books he owns just to squeeze out a little more time before bed.

We have what's known as a family hug that my husband encourages.  It requires all of us getting together for one big hug.  Now that we have the new baby, our older boy makes sure that the family hug includes all four of us.  A day doesn't go by that my husband doesn't show affection to all of us.

I think that my husband sometimes is amazed by how much is ahead of us with our two boys, but I know he's up to the challenge.

It was wonderful to realize that the man I chose for the father of my children scored so well in my personal judgment.  What was even better was that when I was done reading the list, our friend's first comment was well, "You've got all of that covered, Steve."

 I just want to acknowledge all he does for the three of us and how much we appreciate it and love him.

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Chip Jefferson
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Sounds like he has what it takes to be that dada and a husband. When you get a good one keep him!

Jun 10, 2008 10:48 PM #1
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He does, and I plan to keep him.

Jun 11, 2008 12:24 AM #2
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Christine, you have a "10" there! Nice ThemThem to the love of your life.

Happy Fathers Day to him, (spoil him big time, I knew he would have wanted me to write that, grin)

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Jun 12, 2008 02:27 AM #3
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Duane - We're planning to, though I'm having trouble convincing the 4 year old that Daddy may not want to go to Disneyland as his first choice on Sunday.

Jun 12, 2008 03:04 AM #4
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Christine, LROL, I have a feeling Daddy would go where ever the kids desire, he sounds like that type of Man.

Jun 12, 2008 03:06 AM #5
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Duane - You're right. I've got a feeling Disneyland is likely to be on the menu for Sunday.

Jun 12, 2008 11:05 AM #6
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Carey Pott
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He sounds like quite a catch! Our family (meaning my parents, siblings, and brother-in-law, all adults by now) still manages to incorporate a group hug into each visit. One of many fun family traditions!

Jun 20, 2008 05:43 AM #7
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A hug now and again is so important, and so many families seem to forget it.  I'm glad that yours hasn't : )

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Great one - I am sure Steve appreciated it!

 

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Billie - I think he did.

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