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Seven Reasons To Read To Your Child

Seven Reasons To Read To Your Child

We all know that learning to read is important, but what can we as parents do to facilitate this milestone?

Reading to your child has many benefits one of which is simply having time to snuggle together.

Here are 7 reasons to read to your child.

1. When you read to your child, he/she will learn that reading is important to you, therefore reading will become important to him/her.

2. The more your child hears sounds, the better he/she will process these sounds into words. When a child is preschool/kindergarten age the listening word starts to become the written word.

3. Reading is a wonderful before bed routine. Studies have shown that a child will thrive in an atmosphere in which routines are present.

4. Reading will help to develop your child’s imagination. Have you ever gotten lost in a good book? Your child can do the same while you are reading to him/her.

5. Reading will foster your child’s ability to listen and pay attention. With all the problems we here about concerning attention spans this is a great way to avoid that.

7. Reading to your child will develop in him/her the desire to become a reader.

8. Teachers will thank you.

Isn’t it exciting to think that you can have such an effect on your child’s ability to read just by reading to him/her? You have the power to develop a life long joy of reading and learning in your child. WOW! Just read.

20 Questions To Assist You In Finding Your Purpose.

If you want to live a happy life, then you MUST spend some time deciding what you want to do with your life. Then make the effort to live that life with passion.

It’s up to you! No-one else is going to do it for you.

So, take some time out from your busy day-to-day routine, and consider the following questions.

1. What is my life’s purpose? (I know, obvious question)

2. If I had to take a best guess at my life’s purpose, what would it be?

3. What is the most important thing in my life?

4. If I had only six months left to live, what would I like to achieve?

5. What would I like to leave the world, as my legacy?

6. If money, or time, or current responsibilities were not an issue, what would I like to do with my life, more than anything else in the world?

7. What do I still want to learn?

8. When I was a child, what did I dream of doing with my life?

9. What has been the greatest challenge that I have overcome so far in my life? Could I help other people to overcome that same challenge?

10. What do I most regret not doing, so far in my life?

11. At the end of my life, what would I most regret not having done?

12. What am I usually doing when I suddenly realize that time has flown by, and all my focus has been on that one task?

13. If I had time available to contribute to a charity, or some cause, what would it be?

14. What qualities do I possess that I am really proud of?

15. What does my heart say I am to do with my life?

16. What special gift do I have that I could give to the world?

17. What would I like to do, RIGHT NOW, which would bring me the most happiness or pleasure?

18. What hobbies do I wish I had pursued?

19. How would I define their life’s purpose?

20. If I could be granted the power to change the world, what would I do?

*Bonus – If I had to take a best guess at my life’s purpose, and just get started with something that excites me, what would it be?

If you ask, you will receive your answer. Clear your mind and allow it to flow in. If you are finding it hard to do, you could have have too much going on in your head. Declutter your mind, by eliminating useless worries and nonsense.

You can live a life of purpose. You can live a life of passion and success! Ask, until you get your answer. And then take massive action. It’s worth it, I guarantee.

10 Reasons You Suck As A Parent

10 Reasons You Suck As A Parent

 

Quick read for you parents of elementary students, so you can get to being a better parent.

 

  1. If only time you’ve communicated with your child’s teacher is at open house at the beginning of the school year. You Suck!!!

 

  1. If you don’t ever look over your child’s homework. You Suck!!!

 

  1. If you make arrangements to hang out at the club but can’t make arrangements to make to your child’s school. You Suck!!!

 

  1. If you don’t have small amounts of quality time with your children on a daily basis. You Suck!!!

 

  1. If your child is struggling at school and you haven’t made it a priority to aid her. You Suck!!!

 

  1. If you don’t take the time to occasionally listen to your child’s long rants about randomness. You Suck!!!

 

  1. If you don’t teach your child to be better than you when he grows up. You Suck!!!

 

  1. If you can’t know what your child is into. You Suck!!!

 

This blog post isn’t to make you feel bad at your parenting skills; its purpose is to make you aware of your areas of improvement. There are no perfect parents, but we can all be better. Step your game up.

 

 

Happy New YOU (Part 2, kind of)

If you haven’t read the post from 12/22/15, please read before proceeding. If you have your goal in mind and ready to take on all that comes with accomplishing this goal, you are ready for 2016. Now that you are ready you don’t necessarily have to go at it alone. I would love to be a part of this journey with you. If you would like some encouragement and someone to hold you accountable doing your transition, please do one or all of the following.

  1. “Like” Daddy Everyday on Facebook, so that I can share with you additional tips on getting things done in 2016.
  1. Email me at info@daddyeveryday.org with your questions, concerns and thoughts.
  1. Follow me on Instagram @DaddyEveryday. I’ll follow you back and I can track your progress.
  1. Go to DaddyEveryday.org and let the spirit move you from there.

Have an Amazing 2016

Getting Ready For 2016 (Part 1)

2016 is just around the corner and everybody will be saying, “2016 is my year”. Well, I hate to be the one to tell you; no it will not be your year. Just like all the other years that were suppose to be yours. Don’t be sad, I’m not going to tell you that and not tell you how it can be your year. Below I’m going to list 4 simple ways to make the most out of 2016.

Note: In order for it to work, you must start NOW.

  1. Know, Set and Post Your Goals. It’s not enough to say I want to loss weight, I want to go back to school, I want…. You need to have a clear understanding of what it is you want, the steps it will take to reach it and the willingness to endure the struggles and sacrifices that come with it. Post your goals so that you can see them everyday. Post in multiple locations such as the bathroom mirror, in your car, on your phone and even social media. Why social media, so that you can have some accountability and maybe feed off the energy of others doing the same thing.
  2. Track Your Progress. Keep a daily or weekly journal on what your successes and setbacks. This is a great way to stay motivated, correct your mistakes and eliminate roadblocks in the way of your goal.
  3. Make sure whatever your goal is there are daily tasks that must be fulfilled. Consistence is the key to success in any goal.
  4. Don’t just approach each day, attack each day. Every morning you wake up (which is enough to be thankful for), start       with the mindset that you are going to crush your goal for today. Every day is a day to improve yourself, get closer to your goals and a day to be simply AMAZING.

Take A Staycation

Staycation

Noun

  1. A period of recreation spent away from home but in the same city.

This is rough definition of a staycation but you get the point. School, traffic, work, traffic, bills, traffic and more traffic can all be a bit much for any family. A great way to de-stress is to plan and take a family staycation. It’s simple and can be quite inexpensive if you plan ahead of time. Decide on a local hotel that offers amenities that the whole family can appreciate such as free breakfast and dinners, pool, gym, near a family-themed activity center. A staycation can serve as a reset button from the daily rat race and maybe last you until you can take a real vacation.

Why Fathers Need To Bond With Their Children (Influence)

You as a parent are literally up against the world when it comes to influencing your children. Peer pressure, social media, their environment, television, music; they want and will try to influence your child. It’s up to you to instill values and morals in your child to aid them in fighting the temptations of the world. Talk with your child regularly to see what’s going on in their life. Yes, they do have a life of their own. Also, use social media as a way to see what’s going in the world of young adults such as trends, music, fashion and more. This way you can talk about it and show your child that you are willing to put in the work to properly engage them.

4 Reasons You Won’t Accomplish Sh!t In 2016

Disclaimer: I was having a conversation and got upset about how this group of people thought they were going to accomplish what they’ve been trying to accomplish for years doing the same thing. I’m just typing what I feel and posting, because someone needs this message NOW. Warning: There might be errors but the point is accurate.

 

  1. It’s in the details. You want to start your own business, lose weight or spend more quality with your family, that’s the goal but goal setting is not what you should focus on. You need to focus on what you are going to change and do to accomplish the goal. Your focus should be I would dedicate two hours a week to creating and implementing my business plan. I will start exercising three times a week and start eating more fruits and vegetables in my meals. Cut out the sweets and fatty foods as well. Friday nights are family fun night, no cell phone, no work, and no distractions, just quality with the family. See how that is different than just stating the ultimate goal.
  1. You don’t believe. You say what you want to change or accomplish but in your mind you are already defeated by your thoughts. Quick story. My personal trainer wanted me to do a particular exercise and I told him I couldn’t do it. If he was there that would have been the end of it and I never would have even tried, even though I wanted to. Once I believed, I tried. Once I tried and struggled but I continued to believe. I did it. Believing that you can accomplish and putting forth the effort, you can do almost anything.
  1. It’s just for show. Save me with that I’m going to quick smoking as you are lighting up another cigarette. Quit talking about I’m going to get this weight off as you eat a supersize meal with a large diet soda. It’s a poor attempt to deflect the wrong you are doing in front of others. Nobody is buying it, not even you. So if you are going to say to me in 2016, that you are going to start your business when you get your money, I’ll just say okay, while shaking my head.
  2. You think January 1st magically changes you. I don’t know if anyone to told you this but January 1st doesn’t magically make it easier to start whatever it is that you are attempting to do. If you really want start a business, lose weight, be a better parent, etc. You have to start the process NOW. You have to prep and implement your plan ahead of the New Year so that you are ready to maintain it on the 1st.

Bonding with the Kids Tip (Dinner)

Dinnertime is the perfect time for the family to engage one another. Make it a habit to at LEAST once a week to sit down for dinner together and talk. No television or cell phones allowed! Talk about your day, week and plans for the immediate future. Discuss possible family vacations or past and future quality time moments. Once you develop the habit of doing this once a week, it will slowly turn to twice a week, then three times a week.

Why Fathers Need To Bond With Their Children (Self-Esteem)

Instead of a list of a bunch of ways to build your child’s self esteem, I’m going to focus on one. (A future blog post will focus on ways to build a child’s self-esteem) Quality time is the greatest way you can build a child’s self-esteem. You will notice if you have read previous blog posts from Daddy Everyday and future posts, that quality time is a big factor in being a great father and raising amazing children. Quality time shows your child that they are important to you and instills in them how others should treat them. Some adults struggle with this now because they were never shown or treated like they should have been treated as children. Break this vicious cycle by putting in the work now.