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The Five Lessons Our Fathers Have Taught Us About Raising a Family Right

Fathers are often viewed as the head of any household, both the teacher and disciplinarian who keeps his family in line, making for a home that is a well-oiled machine. He’s often there to teach his children how to raise their own kids, and to be an example on how to have a healthy home structure.

The Five Lessons Our Fathers Have Taught Us About Raising a Family Right1. Teach Strong Work Ethics

One of the best ways to raise a family is by teaching kids to have a strong work ethic, which will carry them through every aspect of their life. Start them out young with weekly chores that they must complete, and help them find a job once they enter their late teenage years.

2. Help Kids to Have a Presentable Look

Whether applying for job interviews or attending high school, it’s important for kids to know that having a presentable and polished appearance is key to earning respect and trust. Make it a habit for the kids to get their hair cut on a regular basis, as well as teaching them to shave with professional shaving tools. Try providing them with The Art of Shaving razors, which will prevent cuts from occurring as they learn to practice.

3. Have Fun

Parents aren’t meant to just enforce rules or be the breadwinners, but should also make time to play with their family to create a stronger bond and form deep relationships. Family vacations should be enjoyed at least once a year to new destinations that the family can explore together. Similarly, outings should be taken consistently that involve attending sporting events, going to the beach, trying new restaurants, and even visiting amusement parks. Ultimately, the family that plays together, stays together.

4. Make Rules

Although they are not always favored by kids, rules are necessary to ensure the growth and stability of any family. Rules help to create children that work to contribute in positive ways to society. Don’t be afraid to set curfews, assign household chores, and take away luxuries when disciplining to ensure that children grow up with order and structure in their lives.

5. Sit Down for Dinner

For many families, it can be tempting to sit in front of the television during dinner, without much conversation or time to connect. Fathers often recommend that each family member sit at the dinner table for a chance to catch up from the day and have the opportunity to grow closer together.

Whether spending time playing with kids, to teaching them the rules of the household, there are many different ways to raise healthy and educated children who will one day learn to raise their own family from the example of their own parents.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.
Tim Esterdahl

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