How to Get Promoted in Your Most Important Job
A man’s most important job is being a dad. And many guys think that just means he should protect and provide for his family. And while he should do those things, there is so much more in store for a dad who wants to be the best he can be…to get “promoted” to the status of an All Pro Dad. Here are a few things a dad can do as he strives toward that goal.
Train. Read as many good fathering books as you can. Attend fatherhood events with your children. Check out AllProDad.com and find out how to start or join an All Pro Dad’s Day at your child’s school. Seek the parenting advice of a wise father you admire.
Be creative. Be innovative in things you do with and for your children. It doesn’t have to cost much. You could start with the great outdoors. Camping, fishing, and hiking can be wonderful experiences. Throwing the ball in the backyard, building a fort together, going on a picnic, or cooking your child’s favorite recipe at home will put a smile on your child’s face and build memories.
Be honest and reliable. Honesty always wins. You should be honest with your child at all times, even when it’s painful. You should be reliable and keep your word. When you commit to doing something with your child, put it on your calendar and flag it as an important appointment. Never cancel or reschedule unless it is absolutely necessary and make sure you show up on time.
Communicate. Periodically ask your child questions such as, “How am I doing as a dad?” and “What can I do better as a father?” Ask your child’s mother the same questions, then take note of their suggestions.
Be loyal. Loyalty means that you walk with your child through the good times and the difficult times. Never give up on your child no matter what your child does or says. Remember that being a dad is a lifetime commitment.
What are some of the ways that you, as a dad, or your husband are an All Pro Dad to your family?
(Portions of the foregoing were excerpted from All Pro Dad: Seven Essentials to Be a Hero to Your Kids by Mark Merrill, Thomas Nelson publishers, 2012; available at www.AllProDadBook.com)