Being a parent is awesome but it’s also pretty stressful sometimes. There are ways to get around some of that stress, though, and all you have to do is see into the future. It’s not as difficult as it seems, though. Another way to think about is looking ahead and planning.
One of our goals (or missions) as parents should always be to show our genuine selves to our kids. This week we talk about how Robin Williams did that for his kids and how we do the same for ours. Whether it’s showing our vulnerability, our frustration, or pure happiness, we must give them all we have. Really, we should try to do that with everyone in our lives. We discuss this, among other things, in this episode of Dadrenaline.
If you’ve ever read “The Five Love Languages” by Dr. Gary Chapman, he writes that there are five ways to show love to someone else and that the challenge is that most people do not show love in the same way that they feel loved. The Five Love Languages are:
- Gift Giving
- Acts of Service
- Quality Time
- Words of Affirmation
- Physical Touch
Ever since I can remember, Christmas has come every December. In fact, now that I think about it, Thanksgiving is usually on a Thursday in November. Okay, I’m sharing the obvious with you. I’m sure all of you know when every major U.S. holiday lands each and every year. Okay, Easter can be a bit confusing and Father’s and Mother’s day seem to be a little elusive, as well, but they are right about the same time every year. So, why do we wait to budget for some of these things until the last minute when we know they’re coming?
Being the father of a teenager can be tough. Being the father of a teenage daughter can be even tougher unless you understand the ins and outs of speaking “girl.” I’m not going to say I’ve mastered the language but I have become better at the subtleties of speaking to our 14 year old. My key takeaways recently have been that less is better than more. As in less talking, more listening. Or, let’s be honest, no talking, just go away.