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Happy Father’s Day to those near and far

Posted on: Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

Helloooooooooooo – Is there anyone out there that does not know that Father’s Day is Sunday?  We have been blitzed by advertisements with suggestions of what to purchase for dad – TV’s, cell phones, iPods, iPads, high-tech tools and clothes.  It wasn’t always this way.  I remember my Dad’s face lighting up when his gift was a homemade card and a hug.

Dads – this year, turn the tables and give your kids a gift for Father’s Day.  Set aside 20 -30 minutes during the day for reading time.  For the little ones, read with them.  For the older ones, have them sit or lie in the living room or den and have them read their books while you read one of yours.

Before they begin, ask them a question that will be answered after they finish reading.  This will help the kids focus on what they’re reading.  For example, you can ask them to, “Describe your favorite character.”

When reading time is up, after 20 minutes or so, get your kids together and start the discussion by giving your answer to the question first.  By doing this you are modeling a good response. For example, in response to, “Describe your favorite character,” you should encourage answers that refer to personality traits and not outward appearances.  An answer may sound like, “I thought Garrett was funny and nice because he was always telling jokes which helped to make his friends feel better.”  You can then have a dialogue based on the answer.  (This question and answer came from READS.  If you would like to learn how to get the full set of questions, and more, go to: READS)

See how many days in a row you and your kids can commit to reading together like this.  If you need some inspiration, check out this story about dedicated dad Steve Hartman and “The Streak”: CBS News – A father’s gift of reading.

Also consider spreading the love.  Talk to your kids about how many Dads, Pop-Pops, uncles and brothers are not home.  I know that nothing is more special and meaningful than cards and Skype visits with the kids that are way too far to “pop-pop” in for a visit.  We are including a link so that YOU and the KIDS can reach out to the many far away from home, serving our country, to let them know how special they are on this day and every day.  http://www.military.com/benefits/resources/support-our-troops

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