Dads, if you want to help your kids understand days, weeks and months, buy them a calendar with a theme they like – horses, cars, legos, spaceships, cats, dogs, …

Celebrate the turning of the page to each new month.

And then when something they are looking forward to is coming up, put it on the calendar and count down the days with them.

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Dads, remind your kids: “Your sin will find you out. Especially if you have siblings”

Dads, how’s this for a set of mealtime rules for your kids:

If you didn’t help with preparing the meal, you have to help clean up after it.
If you did help with preparing the meal, you might have to help clean up.
If you were in charge of preparing the meal, you don’t have to help clean up.

 

These tips are actually to my kids…

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My family watched the new version of Beauty and the Beast this weekend and reheard this line: “There’s something sweet, and almost kind. But he was mean and he was coarse and unrefined. And now he’s dear, and so unsure.”

And I told my daughters this: Generally speaking, you shouldn’t let moments of kindness and uncertainty you see in a man make you overlook other darker aspects about him. Like, for example, the fact that he’s holding you prisoner.

And in the sang song we heard from the beast: “And when we touched, she didn’t shudder at my paw”

And I told my sons this: The thought “She is no longer revolted by my physical presence” should not be considered evidence that she is becoming romantically interested in you.

I mean sure, it worked out well in the movie, but it shouldn’t be applied as a general principle.

Dads, teach your sons (especially older brothers) that how they treat their sisters may be what they grow to expect from a husband.

Dads, do you kids sometimes clap in the house and it’s too loud. Encourage them to do the Two Fingered Clap. It still makes a sound, but it doesn’t hurt the ears.

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Dads, tell your kids that their siblings’ bad behaviors towards them are a form of training for what life will be like in the real world. They should learn how to respond now.

Dads, “Conversation at table is something more than a means of amusement and refreshment. The career of many a young person has turned upon some chance remark made at the home table”

— Charlotte Mason

Dads, your wife and kids can see your inconsistencies, your bad habits, your sins (big and small) and your low-level insanity. They will point them out. Allow them to do this. Use what you hear.

Dads, as you communicate with your kids, have you considered your positive word to negative word ratio yet? You should probably do that.

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