What is an awesome dad?

An awesome dad:

  • Someone who shows empathy both within his family and to those outside
  • Assumes the child is doing the best with what they have. Even when throwing a tantrum. They aren’t trying to manipulate us any more or less than you try to manipulate your spouse when you want the nice new set of tools. Think about it.
  • Models what it means to accept every human where they are at
  • Has a growth mindset and is constantly encouraging lifelong learning
  • Helps the child learn about the world via coaching and guiding, not through shame, guilt and punishment
  • Plays with his kids

There it is. Six easy bullets to awesome dads. What would you add?

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Tip 9: find ways to say yes

Let’s face it: hearing no sucks. As a little one, your hear it a lot. This doesn’t always make it great, but hearing that they can have ice cream after dinner instead of “no, you just asked me,” is a much easier pill to swallow.

Tip 8: make it playful

Get them laughing! Brushing teeth a pain? I’ve been there… Not every night goes smoothly. Sometimes, you need to count all the teeth in their mouth. All ten thousand of them. Sometimes you need to search for boogers in their teeth, or mushrooms, or… Whatever it is, the sillier the better.

Shared post: benefits of meditation, and a challenge!

Sharing a post regarding the benefits of meditation.

Speaking for myself, I’m no meditation expert, however when I take 10 minutes in the morning and clear my mind or think over the things I have in my life to be grateful for, amazingly my morning and usually my day go much better.

Challenge:

Over the next week, try a simple meditation for just ten minutes in the morning three different days. It’s only ten minutes, right? If you need help search YouTube for “ten minutes of guided meditation“.

Tip 5: make up stories

This works for some, not for others. Sometimes you can include your kids in the story building. Pro tip here: if you ask you kiddos “can I tell you a story,” if they’re like mine you’ll get the cold shoulder. But, change that phrase to “can I tell you a story about a dragon a knight and a toilet that wouldn’t stop running?” Man, now you’re talking.

Coming soon…

Feeling in a rut when it comes to work? Don’t feel like people understand you or that they tune you out? You’re not alone.

Stay tuned while I get the new site up and running. A quick introduction to me:

  • I’m Nate
  • Been working in IT for approximately ten years
  • Focusing on the people side of things for more than half of that, be it through training or coaching
  • Prior to IT I coached gymnastics for ten years

Two simple things I’ve learned over the years that can help get anyone in a better place:

  1. Listen first
  2. Empathize

Do this with your coworkers, spouse, kids… Anyone and everyone.