Help Your Kid Not Be “That Kid” This Thanksgiving

  • You’re going to be around family and friends this week.
  • You want your child to be on their best behavior. After all, you want their perfect behavior to reflect what a perfect dad you are.
  • But…kids are kids. And they are far from perfect…at least mine are. And kids need to be allowed to be kids.
  • When your child acts less-than-perfect, your stress level goes up. And when your stress level rises, well, that’s not good for anyone.
  • You feel like you look like a bad dad.
  • Maybe, and this is not always the case, but maybe, we set them up to act less-than-perfect. We set them up to fail.
  • Help your child not embarrass you this Thanksgiving by…
    • not keeping them in one spot for too long.
    • having realistic expectations in your mind.
    • realizing you cannot control other’s expectations of your child. And don’t care about their expectations.
    • giving your child time to act like a child.
    • giving them permission to be less-than-perfect.
    • limiting the amount of time your child has to act like a mini-adult.
    • making it your goal to create special memories…not pretending to be the perfect dad.

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