Saturday 31 October, 2020

Tips on how to be a great dad... by a 9-year-old boy

by Peter "PJ" Ivey III (age 9)

It’s Father’s Day... Twenty-four hours of everyone honouring what their fathers have done for their family.

This is one of my favourite holidays-- tied with Mother’s Day. But it’s not May, so we’ll focus on the guys today.

To me, a full day to honour the most important male in my life sounds perfect. So today, I’ll talk about what my dad has done for me and how to be a good dad... you're welcome…

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My dad has done a ton of things for me. I can’t even name them all, but I’ll tell you the ones I do know. My dad exposed me to the world of business at a young age, gave me a job (even though I’m 9), allowed me to critique his work because he trusted that I would improve it, protected me from danger, helped me with my problems, saved my life when I was born (by threatening the doctors, but it still counts), let me drive a golf cart (because we're both just that cool), took me around the world and helped me learn many different cultures, but most of all he has been one of my best friends for 9 years in a row with many more to come.

Now that I’m finished talking about what MY dad has done for me, it's time to talk about what dads can do for their kids. Obviously, most of the things in the previous list are recommended, but here are some other ideas that all dads should consider, and seeing as I'm a kid, this should qualify as an expert opinion...

  1. Forgive your kid, no matter what they’ve done (or at least try to, I guess).
  2. Don’t spoil your kid-- it's never a good thing.
  3. Every once in a while, get them something that they want (while still following point number 2). It’ll make them patient and grateful.
  4. Don’t keep your kid cooped up in the house where they can waste a lot of time staring at screens... take them outside or make them go outside...
  5. Take them to different countries and if you can't do that, teach them about different cultures. 
  6. Make or help your kid to be social. Help them make friends. This is CRUCIAL. Having no friends can spark depression, which could be life-threatening 
  7. Interact with them. Build a good relationship. This will also help them in the long run.
  8. Teach your kids things outside of school, like how to ride a bike. 
  9. Prepare your kids to be on their own. Hit them up with some money!
  10. Love and appreciate your kid, no matter what they look like or what they do…

Thank you for sticking through this article to the end! I love Father's Day, and I hope I made you love it as well. My dad has been one of the most important people in my life for the past 9 years, and I want to congratulate him for everything he's done. Until next time, happy Father's Day!

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