Wednesday, March 7, 2012

World's Greatest Dad - Dan, MI

Today I received an email from Jackie with regards to her husband Dan. Here's what she had to say:

My husband (Dan, MI) is the World’s Greatest Dad.
He is a stay-at-home Dad and I work 8 hours a day.  We have twin girls, Alexis and Samantha, who are 23-months old and Madeline who is only 3 months old.  Although the days can get hectic taking care of three girls under the age of 2, he still finds the time to take pictures and videos of them and sends them to me at work to brighten my day because he knows how much I miss them.  It really means a lot to me that he takes the time to do this just to make me happy.

He always puts the girls before himself.  He lets the twins crawl, slide, and bounce on him as if he were a human jungle gym!  No matter how much it may hurt him, he does it because it makes them happy.

He makes the bedtime routine and putting on pajamas fun by singing a little jingle that goes: “Pajamas!  Pajamas!  P-A-J-A-M-A-S!” and keeps repeating it as our 2-year-old twin girls sing along and dance to their bedroom to put on their pajamas for the night.

Whenever he is reading books to the girls, he will use different voices and make funny faces to make it the most entertaining experience for them.  They absolutely love it and they really love their “Da-da”.
These are just a few examples of why my husband Dan is the World’s Greatest Dad and I’d like for the world to know it!








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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Family Bonding Tips - Cooking Together

One of the things I want to do with this site is to show Dads out there that being a Dad is fun. Sometimes it can get frustrating trying to come up with things to do with your kids which are fun. So with that, I will be posting a series of "Bonding Tips" for you that you can do with both your Daughters or Sons or with the entire family.

Cooking Together
Cooking together can be a great bonding moment for your family. From the time they are able to follow simple instructions they can do things like throw veggies into a crock pot or toss cheese on a pizza. These simple little tasks while they are at such an early stage of development can give them a sense of accomplishment which is always exciting for a toddler.
When your kids get older and have refined their motor skills a little more they can help stir cake batter, make rice crispy treats or help pour ingredients into a bowl. Allow your child to make their own pizza. Get one of the ready made pizza crusts and let them pour their own sauce and sprinkle on anything they wish. The same thing can be done with a sandwich. Giving them the decision of what to put on the food they eat will not only give them ownership and a sense of accomplishment but they are also more likely to actually eat what they have just made.
Once your kids become old enough and you trust them with the knowledge of actually cooking food and using the stove top or oven, you can have them help make lunch entirely by them self or help you make dinner. You can start getting real gourmet here as they are advanced enough to accomplish more creative tasks. You can watch episodes on Food Network and let them pick out what recipe they like. Watch it, then go online and find the recipe and get in the kitchen. As was mentioned already, getting them to help with cooking will help give them pride and a sense of accomplishment, all while teaching them valuable life lessons and maybe even expanding the variety of foods they like.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Daughter Bonding Tips - Share a Hobby

One of the things I want to do with this site is to show Dad's out there that being a Dad is fun. Sometimes it can get frustrating trying to come up with things to do with your kids which are fun. So with that, I will be posting a series of "Bonding Tips" for you that you can do with both your Daughters or Sons or with the entire family.

Share A Hobby

Sharing a hobby with your daughter is a sure fire way to show her how much you care. What does sharing a hobby mean? It means taking an active part in your daughters hobbies. This can be somewhat intimidating for new dads with daughters. I know once I found out I was having twin girls, I practically curled up into a ball and sat in the corner because I didn't know how I was ever going to relate to them. Once I got past the shock of having twin girls, I realized that there will be many opportunities I can share with my daughters, and not all of them will be make-up, shopping, or shoes. 
So what hobbies can I share with them. Well that I can't tell you. You will have to observe what they like and ask them if you can help. When they are younger it might be sitting down at a tea party, or making jewelry. When they get older you might teach them how to cook, take pictures, or who knows, maybe even work on cars. If they are into sports, play their sport with them, even if you can't play very well. Trying and making the effort will show that you care about what they do. Even if nothing else, if they want to talk about one of their hobbies, listen intently and ask them questions about it and try and follow along.
It might sound intimidating for a dad to share a hobby with his daughter. But taking an active part in their hobby will show them that you care about them and what they are doing with their time, all while making them feel special and showing them you care.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Son Bonding Tips - Go Off-Roading!

One of the things I want to do with this site is to show Dads out there that being a Dad is fun. Sometimes it can get frustrating trying to come up with things to do with your kids which are fun. So with that, I will be posting a series of "Bonding Tips" for you that you can do with both your Daughters or Sons or with the entire family.

Go Off-Roading

What boys don't like mud and Jeeps. I'll admit, I'd never have thought of this if I didn't have a Jeep myself and watch how some of the guys in my Jeep club interact with their kids on the trail. The trail provides adventure, fun, learning and the openness of nature and here's how this helps you bond with your son.

Let your son be your navigator. Let him choose the path, unless it's unsafe or illegal and explain why. If your son decides he wants you to hit giant mud puddle, teach him the ins and outs of doing so. Give him a stick so he can measure how deep the water is and how soft the dirt is. If it's too deep or the ground is too soft have him pick out another one. Throughout the adventure of off-roading you encounter many obstacles. Most of which you will(hopefully) make it though. Each mud puddle, hill or rock your son has you conquer will bring you closer and closer together and letting him decide which ones will make him feel more important. All while getting muddy.

A Dad and his kids Off-Roading!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Video: Take Time to be a Dad Commercial - Lightsaber

Another one of the all to funny "Take Time to be a Dad" commercial. I get a kick out of these so I just want to share them. This one is a dad playing with a Star Wars lightsaber in the front yard with his son while the neighbor is watching looking at the dad like he is crazy. Humbug to that neighbor!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Family Bonding Tips - Dinner Time

One of the things I want to do with this site is to show Dads out there that being a Dad is fun. Sometimes it can get frustrating trying to come up with things to do with your kids which are fun. So with that, I will be posting a series of "Bonding Tips" for you that you can do with both your Daughters or Sons or with the entire family.

Family Dinner Time

There are a slew of benefits to having a family dinner time Having a sit down family dinner time is a great way for you and your family to open communication lines, talk about their day, their troubles, current events, sports, neighborhood or anything else really. Studies have shown that families which have family dinners have kids who get better grades than those who don't. Everyone will generally eat healthier meals. Your kids are less likely to become overweight. They are less likely to drink alcohol, smoke cigarettes or do drugs. You are more likely to hear or catch onto a potential serious problem. Your children will build larger vocabularies and will be better at holding a conversation. The studies continue to pile up and the list goes on and on regarding the benefits.

Sounds easy right. Just sit down at the dinner table and have a bite to eat. Unfortunately, family dinner time is happening less and less. Busy work schedules and extracurricular activities are just a couple of reasons. If you are one of these busy families, I encourage you to take a step back once per week and have a nice family dinner.

So now that we've got this started, and your now having family dinners, how can we optimize the time? Here are just a couple ideas to maximize this family moment.

1) Turn off ALL electronics. These can be major distractions. Televisions are on and your watching. Kids have their cell phone and they are being "social" with their friends on Facebook or texting. I had a friend over a couple weeks ago and he pulled out his new smartphone and was messing around with it. He made the comment "I feel more social now that I have this phone". My wife promptly said "Yeah, because you haven't put it down since you got here". She's right. In today's age, social media has made, "Facebooking", "MySpacing" or "Texting" acceptable forms of communication. Well not at the dinner table. Turn them off.

2) Make regular mealtimes. As opposed to having your family dinner time scattered between the range of 4 and 7 PM, make it a set time. This way there is never an excuse. Growing up it was always 5 o'clock. I'd come home late and would try to pass a line saying I thought dinner was at 6 and my mother would just look at me and say "You know dinner is always at 5, now sit down and eat". Keeping things regular make things easier to follow and take out the question of "when?" out of the equation.

3) Keep conversations positive. Keeping your conversation positive will ensure a more pleasurable experience. Discussions about groundings, allowance cutting or just unpleasant subjects will ruin the mood. Talk about their day, their friends, school, sports. Keep them intrigued by keeping things positive.

If you're not already doing this, start off small and build up. I know we all run busy lives or don't have time to cook a full meal but taking the time to gather your family and share events in your day is an excellent way to bond you and your family closer and closer. We all know Americans love to eat, so we know it can be an event that the whole family will enjoy.