“Dadding”? Mmmmmm…. Listening for sure…paramount, it’s important for children to be heard and to feel honored. I think consciousness about what we say and model in front of our kids is possibly one of the most undervalued and overlooked aspects of parenting. I know from my own behavior I have some negative personal traits (complaining, etc.) that clearly have been modeled on my mother. I’ve heard my kids repeat things I’ve said in conversations with their friends that I was embarrassed to have said in the first place.
Travel, adventure, and physical exercise…you should model a these things for your kids…show them life can be an exciting adventure, and that it’s possible to go through it, vibrant with vitality and good spirits.
Of course loving physicality is extremely important; no one can receive enough hugs and kisses in this lifetime!
“The most precious gift we can offer others is our presence. When mindfulness embraces those we love, we bloom like flowers.” —Tich Nhat Hahn
Father of two girls. Television and film Producer/Director