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Fatherhood: Creating Memories for Your Child

Fatherhood: Creating Memories for Your Child By Sean Buvala
Question: 30 years from now, will your child have good memories of you or will those memories be of a distant or disconnected father?I do many radio interviews regarding my work with fatherhood programs. In one of my earliest interviews, the host talked to me about his how his 30-year-old son will often ask him about things that happened as the son grew up. The interesting part if this is that the dad does not recall these events happening. These are events that the son thinks were important. The host said to me, "I'm always surprised by what my son will say, because I don't even remember doing those things."Well, I was not surprised. Looking back on my own life and talking with many dads, I know that we are making memories for our kids every day. Your kids will remember things you did that you will not. The quick moments in the car, the surprise trips for ice cream and other small things can make memories for…

The Fraternity Of Fatherhood

The Fraternity Of Fatherhood By L. Wayne Smalls
When I was a boy growing up in Baltimore City, I often wondered what it would be like to be a father. I always felt somehow, that I would be a good father, but I wasn't sure how I would get there. For most of my childhood, I grew up in a single-family home with my mother. Our life during my childhood was good, but we often struggled as my mom worked really hard to make ends meet. I watched my mother work full-time while putting herself through college and taking care of me. As she continued to excel in her career, our quality of life became better. I truly admired her for that, but I was still missing something.My father was around while I was growing up, but not on a daily basis. In fact, there were some long spans of time when I didn't see my dad. When I had the opportunity to spend time with him, he taught me things, but they were usually most useful to me on the streets. I mean, he taught me how to be tough and defend myself. T…

Top Five Suggestions For Enhancing the Fatherhood Experience

Top Five Suggestions For Enhancing the Fatherhood Experience By Lome Aseron
There are plenty of resources out there that help you understand how to give your baby a bath and when to start feeding them solids, but do you know how to make the most out of BEING a dad? Whether you're expecting a baby in your life soon or have kids that are all grown up, fatherhood brings new challenges and rewards every day. Here are my top 10 (or at least the first five) suggestions for making the most of it.1) Acknowledge that fatherhood is about your personal development. If all we got from being a father was having a little someone to play catch with and an extra mouth to feed, it would be a pretty raw deal. Being a father is all about challenges and how we handle those challenges. You're going to grow as much (if not more) than your child will - in a good way. Developing as a person is an important part of being a dad.2) Clean up your relationship with your partner. Having a healthy relationshi…

Does Becoming a Daddy Make You Fat?

Does Becoming a Daddy Make You Fat? By Dermot Barry
As life changing experiences go few can compare with becoming a father. It can cause you to redefine your relationship with your own parents, it can imbue a sobering sense of responsibility and it may even cause you to examine your own mortality. Now we know that it can also make you fat.That is the finding from a 20 year study of over 10,000 men published in the American Journal of Men's Health. As well as a bouncing bundle of joy, fatherhood also delivers an average 4.4 extra pounds for a six-foot daddy. A father who does not live with his kids can expect to gain 3.3 pounds whereas men who do not become fathers actually lose weight, around 1.4 pounds on average. Other factors that can influence weight gain such as age, race, education, income, screen time and daily activity were taken into consideration, so the weight gained was purely down to fatherhood. This extra weight gain also has the knock-on effect of raising a dad's …

5 Natural Ways to Increase Your Testosterone Levels

5 Natural Ways to Increase Your Testosterone Levels By Aaron Cesarino
The hormone testosterone is crucial in the growth and physical development experienced during our formative years, but this hormone continues to play a role in the regulation of these processes throughout our lives. Understanding the role of testosterone and the factors that influence its production can help to strengthen the anabolic effect of this hormone, helping you reach more of your training.Role of testosterone for our bodyTestosterone is one of the most closely associated with hormones the body muscles and measure its concentration has been proposed by researchers as a means to evaluate the anabolic (muscle build) state of the body.Testosterone can act directly or indirectly on the muscle tissue; it can affect the responses of growth hormone and in turn influencing protein synthesis.Testosterone may affect the nervous system causing adaptations that improve production strength, allowing you to lift more weight…

A Parent Study on Raising Successful Kids!

A Parent Study on Raising Successful Kids! By Daniel Blanchard
Parents, I really do not believe there is only one best way to raise our kids. However, since I also believe that all of us parents want to raise our kids to the best of their abilities, then it can't hurt to take a quick look at a recent study of what some successful parents do. Names that are easy to pronounce came up in the study. Why our children's names matter? Hmm... I'm not sure about this one, but I can tell you this; I have five successful kids of my own, and coincidentally, I think all of their names are easy to pronounce. However, now that I think about it, people do seem to botch my oldest daughter's name sometimes. The parenting study also says that a sharing of the responsibilities around the house by both mom and dad is extremely helpful in raising successful, happy kids. When both parents, mom, and dad, step in when they see something that needs to be done, whether it's bringing in some …

Do's and Don'ts When You Can't Afford Child Support Payments?

Do's and Don'ts When You Can't Afford Child Support Payments? By George N Anderson
Child support and custody is a serious topic that can be complicated and exhausting for both the parties involved in it. Things can get rough when you can't afford child support and do not want to be separated from your child. If you find yourself in such a crisis, here is what you need to know. How long does the child support last? The law requires you to make child support payments until the following conditions occur: • Your child is no longer considered a minor and turns 18. This regulation is subject to change in case the child has special needs. • Your child joins the military. • Your child marries or registers a domestic partnership. • Your parental rights are terminated because of adoption or any other specific legal procedure. • Your child is emancipated or dies. Now, as you know about child support and how long it can last, here is what to do and what not to do when you cannot …

How to Save Kids From the Dangerous Side of the Internet

How to Save Kids From the Dangerous Side of the Internet By Jason Fernandez Walter
The internet has revolutionized the way we think and behave nowadays. Apart from keeping us connected with people who are poles apart, it provides us with a great source of information. To be honest, neither I nor my kids can imagine our lives without the Internet, but I was worried sick about how to save them from the dark side it holds. The commonly prevailing theft, pornography, and fake news on the Internet can be a hell of a lot more dangerous for your kids than you think. Some parents think engaging kids in outdoor play and banning the use of the internet for them is a solution. But, it's not! You can't save your kids from using the Internet as it is everywhere. If they don't use it at home, they will use it at school or at a friend's place. The only thing you can do is aware them with the negative aspects and increase their maturity in the following ways. 1. Place your Computer in …

5 Effective Ways To Keep Your Child Off Gadgets

5 Effective Ways To Keep Your Child Off Gadgets By Angela Kidd
But it doesn't have to be this way. While technology has become a part of our lives, it's not too late to show our children that there are plenty of other ways to have fun other than being cooped up inside the house with a gadget. Here are 5 creative and effective ways to keep your child off gadgets: Set a good example Children, especially young ones, tend to copy what their parents or guardians do. If you're always on your phone, that's probably what sparked their curiosity in the first place. Set an example to them and embody what you teach - take some time off your phone, laptop, tablet or television each day and find alternative ways to have fun. Use this time to play with your children out in your backyard or take them to the park. If your children can see that you can have fun without gadgets, they'll believe they can, too. Note: If you must use a gadget, don't let the kids see. Do what you hav…

5 Reasons to Start Strength Training With Your Kids Today

5 Reasons to Start Strength Training With Your Kids Today By Dave Bonollo
What is safer for children? Weight lifting or watching TV? Some might argue that watching TV is safer because the child isn't moving and risking injury. However, studies show that strength training, when done under qualified supervision and appropriately sized workout equipment, can provide immediate and long-term positive effects. Let's dive into the reasoning and assume that children engaging in strength training are doing so in a supervised environment with appropriately sized equipment. 1) Decrease the risk of injury while playing sports. Like the weekend warrior, if you take a child from doing relatively nothing to playing a sport where they put forth a real effort without the proper muscle development or coordination, the child will more than likely end up hurt. Strength training will help that child develop coordination and develop the growing muscles. Strength training could also enhance sports p…