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How To Be A Great Dad (or go down trying)

Being a great Dad doesn’t come with instructions, it’s more like this play by play that you live everyday hoping for the next day to be better. And everybody, every family is so different. While fatherhood is such a joy and a true blessing, being a great Dad may seem like an impossible feat. For those of you who think that you need to pull the reigns back in and be more involved as a great Dad, here are some tips on how you can rock this Dad gig.

Be You to the Core

It doesn’t matter what other Dads are doing out there or how other father’s parent. It’s up to you to be who you are to the core. Being a great Dad is about being the type of person that makes you special rather than comparing yourself to others or trying to live up to other people’s standards.

Remember Important Events

Being a great Dad means always being there for important events. Make note of any upcoming concerts, practices and other events that matter to your kids. Try to make certain that you attend a few of these events so that your kids feel like you care about their interests. This will totally make you a great Dad.

Take the Kids with You

While it may seem easier to leave the younger kids home when you run to the store, opt to take the kids with you every so often. This will make them feel super special and while you may take longer to run errands, it’s so worth it to feel like a great Dad who’s listening to their kid ramble along the way to the store.

Be the Enforcer

Often times Dads get the role of protector and enforcer in the home when it comes to raising kids. Remember to reward your kids if you want them to do something and discipline or have a consequence in place if you don’t want them to do something. Remain firm, consistent yet also a little compassionate in order to be a great Dad.

Love Your Wife

Last, but certainly not least, it’s important to always love your kids’ mom. Be there for your wife, support her and do kind things to help her stress level stay low. Being a great Dad is not only about the kids, but about being a great husband to your partner. Continuously show love through kind gestures to your wife.

What do you think? There’s a lot going on here, but any dad that I know is all about doing his best for his family. It’s our #1 job in the world, right? Give these a shot and see…I bet you’ll be a super hero.

Good luck…you’ll need it.

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So This Is…Clean? #DadProblems

Do you every wonder how and why your definition of things tend to be so very different from that of your kids? Let’s see…volume levels, time commitment needed to finish homework, a normal amount of cookies for a snack. The list is endless it seems. Parents and kids just don’t seem to see eye to eye, or at least me and my kids don’t. It’s constant and it’s amazing to experience. If you don’t have kids, you are missing out on one of the most frustrating, laughable, and completely inexplicable modern-day human experiences. Serisously…do you know how often I ask myself if I’m crazy or if anyone hears me but myself? Many, many, many times…daily.

This has to be one of the most annoying…clean up time. Very different ideas, indeed. I think this sums it up…mess v2

You know what I’m saying?? I know I can be a little anal, but c’mon already. Seriously? #DadProblems

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Celebrate Your Rebirth As A Dad With Pampers #ThanksBaby

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You live your life. You move it all along, pretty much doing what you feel like doing, what makes you happy, or what you think you need to do to get to some goal in your life. You have a plan, you have your family and friends, and you are pretty comfortable with how you can and will navigate your life.

Then…things start to change. You’re getting a little off course. You find a girl, you fall in love, and you get married. You then have to worry about her and factor her needs and wants in with yours. You have new goals and a new path. You then get acclimated to this new life and you are once again cruising along (relatively speaking at least).

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After a little while, guess what? Life changes once again…in a very, very big way. Yes, you know what I’m talking about…you are having a baby. Talk about a MASSIVE game changer. This is the big one, no doubt about it. Your world is turned upside down. You can’t sleep, you are crazed, you literally are taking care of a tiny human, and their existence depends completely on you not messing up (too badly). It’s daunting, but it’s a rebirth or sorts. When that baby is born, a dad is born, too and so is a whole new way of life. You are the apple of that baby’s eye, you have finally felt and see what unconditional love it all about. You start to get all misty eyed when you look at your little one. You start to feel and think things that you never have and never thought you have. You start thinking about your kids and life. Tissue commercials make you choke up.

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On Father’s Day and every day, Pampers is giving thanks to babies for making dad feel exceptionally special and empowering him to discover new roles in life through fatherhood. How good is that?

As part of the celebration, Pampers has released a new #ThanksBaby video that captures the amazing relationship that is created between a dad and his baby when a baby is born and the beautiful journey of fatherhood begins. If this video doesn’t warm the cockles of your soul, well…

Doesn’t that make you love your kids even more? If you’re not a dad, maybe it doesn’t seem quite so bad, does it?

Kids have a way of making you feel young seeing things through their eyes…and old as you see them grow up so quickly right before your own eyes. It’s really quite a trip and one that, without a doubt, changes everyone. It’s a trip, and one that I wouldn’t change for anything in the world.

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For more than 50 years, moms and dads have trusted Pampers to care for their babies’ happy, healthy development. Pampers offers a complete range of diapers, wipes and training pants designed to provide protection and comfort for every stage.

Visit Pampers.com to learn more about Pampers products, join the Pampers Rewards program, and find ideas and information to help your baby get the most out of love, sleep and play. You can also check out:

Happy Father’s Day. Enjoy every minute, boys.

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Fatherhood & Family Funny Work At Home

Work At Home Dad Life

Well, I think this pretty much says it all. Sums it up oh-so-chaotically well. It’s a mixed bag, a lot of ups and down, and a lot of things to juggle…but it’s all worth it and I wouldn’t have it any other way. It keeps it interesting and lets me spend precious time with my kids where I would not be able to any other way. Sure, there are days I want to poke my eyes out with a cheese grater (just kidding), but overall it’s the best thing in the world.

So here’s to all the dads, tearing their hair out trying to make it work. Fight the good fight and enjoy the ride!

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10 Things To Know About Raising Boys

 

10 Things To Know

You know, I’m a boy. Maybe you are or maybe you raise one or maybe you know on in passing. The bottom line is that boys are very different than girls. I know it all…very well.

Raising boys is an adventure to say the least. From insects to climbing trees and countertops to everything in between, boys love to be active. They also love to fart, hit things, and get annoyed at the drop of a hat. They are very similar to me in many ways. They could be considered to be animals, unbridled and controllable animals. Understand…this is not an inaccurate statement. Don’t feel bad saying or thinking it. Let it go, let it go…you’ll feel better, plus honestly is always the best policy isn’t it?

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Here are just 10 of the many things you could/should/will soon know about raising some boys.

  1. Little Boys Smell – around age 3 you will start to smell that boy funk smell, it just happens. The smell is comparable to maple syrup combined with sweaty feet.
  2. Turning Random Objects into Toys – a stick will become a sword; watch out for your eyeballs. Pots and pans combined with kitchen utensils will soon become a musical orchestra.
  3. Dirty Fingernails – boys fingernails will often be full of dirt and grime, leaving you with a constant need for nail trimmers and the constant yelling of “go wash your hands”.
  4. Boys Move Constantly – these little bundles of joy won’t stop moving, as soon as they learn to walk, forget it. You will soon never need an additional form of exercise again.
  5. You Need an Extra Set of Eyes – boys have a knack for getting into anything and everything, born with this huge curious nature, they will test and push every limit possible on a regular.
  6. If Dad Did it, They Will Do It – doesn’t matter what it is, if I do it, the boys will soon follow suit. If I don’t hear “but Dad did it” one more time, I will be okay with that.
  7. Roughhousing – boys are born with this natural instinct of wanting to rough house. No matter what you do to deter this, it is simply part of their being, learn to tolerate it and marvel at it.
  8. Pee Will Be Everywhere – no matter how old the boys get, they will forever be missing the toilet and you will soon need to learn how to disinfect your bathroom after every use. It’s actually amazing. You won’t believe your eyes or nose, but it’s constant and it never seems to change.
  9. Goofballs – boys will always have this innate ability to make you laugh, no matter how hard you are trying to be stern. Learn to control the urge to laugh or else you are doomed. Farting, burping, and nose picking will become completely commonplace if you give the slightest thought that you think what they just did was awesome (which is was).
  10. Boys Love their Mom – no matter how cool of a Dad I am, the boys will always love their Mom as if she is a Queen, that’s just how it is. It’s good for the times they want to tag along with her to the store or when they want her to change a diaper. Learn to not be offended. Embrace it, baby.

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While raising boys can bring a whole new level to parenting they really are a bowl full of fun, never a dull moment and always able to turn an angry moment into a funny one. If you are raising boys too, all I can say is learn to enjoy their little quirks and buy them a helmet; to wear at all times. Embrace the chaos, embrace the savageness, embrace it all while they are still young and you can laugh about it (they’re too young to be arrested, right?). In short…you can’t beat it.

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