Dads Back to School Tip #9

MB-John_OShea.jpgTell stories about yourself. Many things have changed since you were a kid, but most of the important stuff is still the same.

Share your own youthful struggles with staying true to yourself, your values, and your friends. Don’t make every story into a lecture, and be sure to admit your mistakes—they can teach her a lot (starting with humility)!

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Dads Back to School Tip #8

Be her hero. Stay always mindful of her unique spirit and give her your loyalty, kindness, acceptance, respect, and support. Your influence in her life is unique, so make it as positive as possible.

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Dads Back to School Tip #7

Celebrate success. We dads sometimes tend to focus more on what’s not going right than we do on what is going well. Be sure to let her know how proud you are of her talents and accomplishments—even if they are not readily recognized by others.

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Dads Back to School Tip #6

Walk a mile in her shoes. Try to imagine what she’s experiencing and what it means to her. Your understanding and empathy can help her make it through her own trials.

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Dads Back to School Tip #5

Let her cope and experiment. School can be a great place for her to learn important personal and interpersonal skills which will serve her later in life. Don’t rush in to solve every problem – listen. But never back down where her personal safety is concerned.

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