To my sons on being a Dad

To me, the single greatest thing about being a dad is that I am a dad. A dad is much more than being a father; it is a lifetime commitment to my children. The following are a few thoughts on how I believe we can be the best dad for our children:

  • Love your wife. Show and tell her that every day. Show and tell your children that you love their mother, every day. Your children need to see this.

  • Show and tell your children that you love them every day, they also need to hear it.

  • Family may be the first and last thing you can always count on

  • Tell them that they may not always like their brother, but they will always love them. Family is always there for you

  • Teach your children right from wrong on all things, big and small. Life gives us opportunities to provide these lessons. Use them.

  • Teach your children respect, of all things

  • Make your children laugh; be a bright point in each of their days.

  • Be there when they cry; be their strength

  • Show them how to be strong in mind, body and spirit.

  • Show them that it OK to cry. Emotions are critical to our health.

  • You are not superman. It’s always OK to ask for help.

  • Your life goals should not be forced on them.

  • Each child is an individual with their own strengths and weaknesses. Encourage their strengths; assist them to overcome their weaknesses. Don’t compare.

  • Punishment should fit the crime.

  • Discipline is important

  • Recovery from a mistake or a failure is a natural part of life and is how we learn to be human.

  • You do not have to always be their friend, but you always have to be their dad.

  • Listen and learn from your children, they have amazing minds

  • A few lifelong friends are more important than having lots of friends.

  • Being popular is nice but being loyal is critical.