You Should Know
Goofy dads make great dads! Studies show that fathers who engage with their children in silly, playful ways help strengthen their bond with their children. And, strong parent/child bonds, formed early in life, can predict the quality of a child’s future social life. While moms tend to be more gentle and affectionate toward their babies, dads are more likely to arouse them and make them laugh. No worries. Either behavior can form close attachments between parents and children, as long as the interactions are reciprocal and pleasant for both parties. So, play on dad! The kids love it - and need it.
Time spent outdoors is time well spent. It provides fresh air, Vitamin D and exercise. It fosters creativity and it keeps kids calm. It also creates a bond with the Earth and the environment. The problem is kids today don’t get enough of it. Too many extracurricular activities may have something to do with it, but so does parental enthusiasm for green space. Studies show our attitudes toward nature influence our kids’ relationship with nature. In households where adults visited green spaces, 82% of the children did too. In households where adults didn’t spend time in
Traditions act as a foundation for families, giving them strength and stability and keeping them close. They can range from simple regular bedtime routines to big holiday celebrations. The important thing is to have some. Research shows that children who feel connected to their families have fewer behavioral problems and are less likely to engage in risky behavior too (like drug and alcohol use). Start a new tradition this summer! Keep it fun and not too complicated. Make sure everyone participates, but be flexible. If the group stops looking forward to it, let it go and try something else. Need ideas? The Book of New Family Traditions has tons of ideas.
Science says that people who actively pursue their goals feel satisfied with their lives and feel positive about themselves. In other words, they feel happy. The thing to keep in mind though when pursuing big goals is to give yourself some credit for every step you take in the right direction. Sure, keep your eye on the prize, but don’t constantly compare where you are to where you want to be. Compare where you are to where you were before. And be happy with the progress.