A few months back, I was sent a giant folder of submissions about someone described to me as “father of the year.” Full of nonstop wisdom and helpful parenting tips, “J.” is one heck of a dad. He’s sweet but firm, reasonable but occasionally insane, and above all he really loves his kids. He’s like a walking book of parenting idioms, sharing his indispensable advice on Facebook about the struggles and wonders of being a dad.
J. means well, even if he is long-winded, imperfect at spelling, and overreaching. Reading his updates is like reading Shit My Dad Says…For Goobers, and today I’m sharing some of his thoughts with you. Perhaps you’d like to print them out on little cards and laminate them to keep in your wallet? At the very least, you’ll want to stick them on the fridge. These status updates and suggestions are both special and timeless.
1. Light a Candle
Why not climb a treehouse and teach your kids about the mighty oak? Why not buy them extra-long jump ropes and give the gift of double dutch? Why not eat raw cookie dough and explain that while it can make a person sick, it is extremely delicious and worth the risk? Just enjoy these simple things with your kids, people.
2. Positive Reinforcement
Shhh. I’m whispering on Facebook right now. Tomorrow, be very quiet and sneak into your kids’ rooms and
softley softly say, “Hello, kids. It is me, your dad, and it is a new day and you are great. I am so proud of you and it is now time to wake up. Love, your number one fan. Your Dad.”