MENTAL NOTE

"Though we cannot make our sun stand still, yet we will make him run."
Blue, resist the urge to use facebook. You can do it. Good luck.
Cats and dogs can be friends. So can cowboys and indians. So can we.
Will you ever reach Bora?

Sunday, June 16, 2019

If You Were... a Dad



IF YOU WERE... A DAD

If you were a Dad, would you take a million pics
To show the whole wide world
And teach your children iPhone tricks,
The kind that fosters adoration,
Or would you teach them how to love
And subdue their narcissistic inclination
Without them noticing or knowing?

If you were a Dad, would you be tolerant and kind,
A parent with the presence of mind
To act when NO is called for?
When a daughter's disappointment may seem cruel
Like a hidden candy store,
Much harder than a simple yes that lures the average fool?
Tell me, 
What kind of father would you be?

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24 comments:

  1. IF (and it is a big if) I was either a father or a mother I would try my best, and undoubtedly fail often. I hope that my failures wouldn't keep me from trying again. And again.

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  2. I'd be a dad like my husband was to our kids. Taught them, disciplined them, was there for them, provided well for them, and most importantly loved them. I would hope that was the type of father my dad would have been but he died when I was 18 months old so I have really no idea.

    betty

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  3. I'd shoot for one of those World's #2 Dad mugs

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  4. I would be firm but fair. I would be the parent but not their best friend. (Until they were adults.) And I would teach them the love of God.

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    1. Not their best friend. I like the sound of that. So many parents want their kids to see them as friends. Princes and princesses.

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  5. If I were a Dad (or a Mum) I'd hope that I would give my love frequently & for free. I hope I'd be fair & teach them to do things for themselves & to treat their fellow humans (& animals & maybe aliens) with respect & compassion & to always choose kind. I would also hope to instill courage & perseverance & determination to get things done even when it's hard.

    hahaha & the list goes on. This is why I don't have kids!!!!

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  6. If I were a dad, I'd be the kind that'd tell corny dad jokes and nap in the corner of every family get-together

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  7. I'm a mom and grandma but if I were a dad instead I'd probably be the same as I am now. Caring, stern, helpful and empathetic.

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    1. Caring, stern, helpful and empathetic. I like the sound of that. Too many parents in my neck of the woods that want to please their little princes and princesses.

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  8. Hi Blue

    Well, I am a dad and granddad. Teach them to love and to be kind and treat people how they expect themselves to be treated. Teach them respect for everyone and peoples' property. Love them, love them and give them more love. That way they get security and thier charcters will be moulded for the rest of their lives. But when they are naughty or stray, stamp it out. They will respect you more for giving them limits and sticking to them. They must not cross that line, but they will all try because they will test you. So be firm and very kind. They will love you back manyfold in return. Try to give them a purpose in life and to encourage them and praise them. But each to his/her own.

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    1. Thank you, Eddie. We can always count on you to inspire us. "They will respect you more for giving them limits and sticking to them."

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    2. Oh and I missed out play. They love it when you engage in play.

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  9. This was a great poem, Blue. So true. Our kids are becoming obsessed with "moments" by taking five hundred photos to capture just the right one instead of being in it.

    If I were a dad, I'd be like mine was. Someone I could go to about anything and everything (almost). No need to yell. No need to hit. He ruled with respect and kind words. I got away with nothing from him. My mom...I rebelled against. :)

    Elsie

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    1. Hello Elsie! He ruled with respect... I like the sound of that.

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  10. They would know their boundaries and when no meant no. No 1,2,3 crap. And they'd learn through doing. But they'd be well cared for and never fear telling me anything.

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    1. Too many parents counting 1, 2, 3 these days.

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