August 12, 2022
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💖 Bond and build up your daughter with these tips.
💡 Identify your child’s strengths, so you can help them grow.
👨👧 Dads with middle school daughters, here’s what they need from you.
👶 There are tons of benefits for dads who take paternal leave.
tips & tricks for growth
simple tips for first-time dads
So you’re a new dad. Congrats!! This is an exciting time. Did you get your how-to manual full of explanations and instructions? You didn’t? Hmmm, wonder what happened there? Oh wait, that doesn’t exist. If only kids came with instruction manuals. (Even if they did, would you even read it? I probably wouldn’t. Maybe that’s why the shelves I put up are crooked…)
So here you are asking the questions: What do I do now? What do I need to know? All valid questions. (We don’t want our kids to end up like those shelves!)
A few tips for those first-timers out there:
🍼 You don’t have to know everything.
🍼 Kids come in different models.
🍼 Be present.
🍼 Diaper duty… you got this.
🍼 Feeding time… you have a role, too!
🍼 Babies are gonna cry… that doesn’t mean you should!
🍼 Newborns are great to watch sports with.
becoming a better dad is possible
Have you ever wanted to just do better as a dad? I mean mentally, physically, and emotionally? I don’t know your situation, but wanting to do better helped me start to become better.
Some people think that a father is behind on child support because he doesn’t care or doesn’t want to pay. That may be the case for some people, but it was different for me.
In my case, I cared very much. I wanted to pay. But I had a tough time.
I wasn’t balanced, and sometimes I had to choose between paying a bill or paying my child support. I wanted my kids to have nice clothes or shoes when they spent time with me, so I chose to put the payment off.
Now I see that wasn’t a great idea. But I thought money and buying things was the way to their heart, because one thing I could say about my dad is that he always made sure I had decent clothes and shoes. I thought that was what I was supposed to do. I thought education and having the right credentials, and finding jobs to make money would make me more successful in the eyes of my kids and family.
But I realized my kids needed more than that. They needed me.
what we’re lovin’
This week’s picks come from Gena Ellis, wife to her college sweetheart, mother of 3 boys, and a Relationship Coach here at First Things First! Take a peek at her recommendations for this week because they are just THAT GOOD. Check ’em out 👀:
😋 Check out @ALDIUSA on Instagram. This profile provides a view into the wonderful world of ALDI. A place that provides all that you need and even some things you didn’t know you needed, but you really do! Be sure to stroll down the AOS aisle- The Aldi-goers know!
🎓 Parents sending a kid off to college, check out College Board! You can find a checklist of items to prepare your college-bound child for dorm life.
📆 Chloetry Plans is a great website that focuses on enjoying the journey while you plan and set goals in all aspects of your life.
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