In honor of Father’s Day and fathers everywhere….
www.becomeabetterfather.com is sponsoring our 4TH Annual Father’s Day Writing Contest.
We want to know our readers opinions of what it takes to be a AWESOME father.
We value your opinion and would love to hear from you and what you think makes a great dad.
The question we pose is:
” MY DAD MAKES A DIFFERENCE BECAUSE__________________.”
Here are the official rules…
- Write about what you think an AWESOME father is (A poem,essay, or other writing form) LIMIT 300-500 WORDS and simply email to us!
- Email your entry to firstname.lastname@example.org
- You must have your entry posted by midnight, Pacific Standard Time, June 30th, 2011.
- July 1st, 2012, the lovely Mrs. Hammond will pick a winner based on what she think rocks!
- The winner receives a free full one-hour consultation with Scott Hammond, an Every Day Book, a full-featured blog post on www.becomeabetterfather and much more!
- We will post an entry on this blog in July 2012, containing links to the winning entry…… so you will get a free link out of the deal.
- You will win an autographed copy of the Every Day Dad: the Guide to Becoming a Better Father!!
That’s it and good luck! The question remains: “MY DAD MAKES A DIFFERENCE
Scott Hammond FO-9
Father of Nine
There is such a thing called “Buy in” in life and business and child rearing.
Give your child the opportunity to have some “buy in” in your everyday living at home.
There is a lot Junior can help with and join in with you in daily choices around the house.
Let her choose dads tie in the AM…or maybe just the dress shirt or pants.
It can be her area of responsibility to keep dad looking sharp!
There are 1000′s of ideas to choose from–Be creative!
One thing my son and I do is shave together—He has no blade!
This is a great example of enjoining in a common and bonding “guy” activity.
Begin to look for these opportunities and grab them today.
Remember–You don’t HAVE to but you GET to.
You can shift your paradigm as needed!
You are the parent and the initiator and the one who is able and accountable for a relationship with your child.
It is all up to you–Carpe’ Diem today!
Be that dad or mom you want to be and you will leave a positive legacy and a life of significance.
Create some special time with just you and your child.
Just that intentional 1 to 1 time can yield big relationship dividends.
Name 1 thing you can commit to and JUST DO IT!
Burn that bridge and get that date with your kid into your mental or actual day-timer today!
Set up a standing date AND also be spontaneous.
Both in concert will benefit your relationship for years to come.
Remember this: Quality Time comes from Quantity Time—-You must invest your precious time.
Name the activity then—movies, outings, sports, trips, food, chores, projects and so much more…….
You don’t HAVE to do this—You GET to…
It is not because she has earned this time, but because she needs this time with dad.
What I mean is this: find some small responsibility that is perfect for your child.
Convey to him that he has been carefully selected for this special job.
Pick something that is age and ability appropriate and assign it—do it in writing or a chart if necessary.
There are 100′s of small responsibilities to choose from—pick a few.
Here are a few categories—Home, car, pets, yard, kitchen, food, garage, trash, dishes, laundry, and the list goes on….
This assignment will do 3 key things for the family.
- Create a sense of value and worth in Junior–She will feel awesome as she is successful and told so.
- You as a parent will have a lighter load–Now you can spend that quality time with her or some YOU Time.
- There will develop a family culture of teamwork–You will all begin to understand and experience family team contribution paradigm.
Start today and be smart–”Let” them pick out some pre-arranged chores and take ownership.
Chart it and hold accountable. Keep it fun and encourage and reward with frequency.
You and they will be glad you did–You are the parent and the leader: make this happen today!