The Conscious Dad Blog

Have you said this to your kids before? I have. I analyzed this statement and what I came up with is this: it’s hurtful. The tone of voice that usually accompanies this statement is one of disgust. Disgust alienates and separates, it’s a relationship killer. The asker of the question has already decided that what…

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Are you aware that families often have a “problem child”? They are like scapegoats in a way.  They frequently blamed for the negative things that happen within family. Parents will say that this is because they are frequently causing problems. I wonder why? My opinion is that kids do well if they can. So, what…

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Own your Stuff. What does that mean? Basically, it means being responsible for your thoughts, feelings, and especially actions. The good the bad and the ugly. All of it. As parents we mess up and we can make mistakes. This is okay. It’s inevitable. It’s understandable. Parenting is hard. But the real question is, who…

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Tone can be empowering, enthusiastic, trusting…hopeful. When it is, we get inspired to do great things, to be cooperative, to be the best we can be. In a similar way, the tone we set as Dads, greatly impacts the success and well being of our children. As parents, we are leaders and children will react…

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“You have to be like Superman to your kids. They need to think you can do anything. You always need to come across as capable and in control.” Man to man, dad to dad, this was the wisdom my uncle passed on to me a few years ago. “I do like being capable and in…

Read more Super Dad vs Real Dad

Do we unintentionally teach our children how to bully, or how to be bullied? Could this be true? This was a hard blog to write. It was hard because I had to face some uncomfortable truths. I also felt like I was shining a light on a truth, that collectively, we have chosen to ignore…

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The Myth: Our number one job as parents is to get kids to do as we say, learn how to mind their manners, be nice, and not cause trouble. If we do this, they will turn out to be good people. The Truth: Compliant children do not necessarily make “good” adults. Compliance can come at…

Read more The Obedience Myth