Things I’ve Learned about Parenting from My Dad

June 17, 2012

My mom says that when people ask her what the secret to her parenting success is (what me? a parenting success? Why, thank you), she responds, “Marry someone who is a really good dad.”

My dad? He’s a really good dad.


Now that I’m a parent, I’m trying to follow his example. Here are a few things I remember about his parenting style:

  • Say “Yes” as often as possible
  • Don’t even think about letting your kids play you against the other parent
  • Teach your children to work 
  • Let your children hear you speak well of them to other people
  • Make work a game
  • Don’t tease 
  • Take your child’s interests seriously
  • Don’t be too busy to talk to your kids, especially late at night
  • Be strict about a few things that matter a lot and laid back about most other things
  • Tickle your kids, but stop while it’s still fun
  • Let your children see you be involved in things that are interesting and important to you
  • Your child won’t know how much you love them until they have children of their own
Happy Father’s Day, Dad. I love you!


 This post is sponsored by Disney Baby. I’ll be joining the Disney Baby blogging
team next month, and look forward to sharing these kinds of stories
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  • Reply jpetroroy June 17, 2012 at 10:53 am

    My goodness, you look like Ella in that last picture!

  • Reply Margherita De Marco June 17, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    So cute!

  • Reply Creole Wisdom June 17, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    Darling photos. I'm excited for your Disney Baby adventure 🙂

  • Reply Andrea June 17, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    I'm just a lurker on your blog (my son and daughter-in-law are friends of yours), but I can't help but notice you married someone who looks a lot like your dad. That's a tribute in itself!

  • Reply Packrat June 17, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    Your father was/is a wise man. Many parents need to take lessons from him.

  • Reply Karri June 18, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    All of them…. So true!!!!!! And we pretty much follow them.

    And yes—Ella totally looks like you!

  • Reply Janet June 18, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    Yes Ella looks like you but you also look just like your dad!

    My dad was awesome, too. Someday I need to write up all the crazy things he taught me. It might require a whole book though!

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