While Dad appreciated those gifts because they came from his kids, nowadays it seems there are so many options. Kids can definitely do better -- with a little help from you. Here are some gift ideas for Dad that I think he'll not only appreciate, but he'll love and use!
In the night, when you're sitting on the hard floor with your crying baby and your crying self and your despair because you want to just stop it but you don't know how, I wish you could zoom out and see that you're one of an ocean of mamas rocking on the floor in the night.
As we walk, I'll point to different things and ask my granddaughter to tell me how they came to be. For example, I'll point to the road, and she'll say something like 'the men with the giant roller put it there.' I'll then ask her how she thought those men had the money to build the road.
Talking to kids about politics helps them understand the world and their place in it, and starts to shift their thinking from "me" to "we." That is why it's important to discuss with kids, even those too young to yet understand all the specific policy points or platforms, why politics matters.
When did lying to a child in order to foster confidence become more important than teaching him coping skills and how to accept weakness or manage failure? When did babying a child become more imperative than teaching her the lesson that not all kids are winners all the time and in every arena?
We all know that children thrive when they feel safe and feel a sense of control in their lives. When the great forces of nature manifest in a Frankenstorm, the time before, during or after can be downright scary for a child.
Keep in mind one of my favorite ideas: We're not raising children; we're raising adults. While it may be easier in the short term to just clean up after your daughter, it's very important that she develop the sense of responsibility that comes from knowing she can sort out her own messes.
It's tempting to think that our children will be best friends, naturally and without conflict. But while we can encourage our kids to treat each other with kindness and respect, we can't force them to get along.
Children will nag; it's in their nature. We parents feel bad not giving in, and that's in our nature. It's all OK. You're not alone in wanting to be good parents in your eyes and your children's at the same time.
My wife and I underwent a series of intense analytical sessions when deciding what to name our children. We drew up lists, consulted census reports and cross-checked our top contenders to make sure they didn't correlate to any sitcom characters and/or reality stars.
We're always hearing about children and teenagers who share too much: with their friends; with their parents; online, with the world. But what happens when it's Mom and Dad dabbling in TMI? How do we know how much--and what sort of--information our kids can handle?