As we get closer to the Parent’s Days (Mother’s and Father’s), expect to see more articles in the mass media similar to this: The Dad Commandments.
Fatherhood, you might argue, is too complicated to be reduced to capsule form. But complexity only adds intrigue to the quest for guiding principles. And do we need guiding principles. After all the emotions, all the yelling, and all the laughter, I have distilled the duties and demands down to a decade of Dad dicta. Herewith, on behalf of all God’s children and their male parents, the 10 Commandments of Daddy.
Courtesy of MSN.
Overall, it’s an informative read at first glance, and how can you not be in favor of information that could concievably help you raise your kids in today’s world? What’s funny about a lot of these columns, however, is they tend to give both really great advice and completely conflicting opinions. Here’s an example:
6. Save your money, big man
7. Spend your money, tightwad
How could one possibly do both? Shouldn’t you be consistent?
Perhaps you could distill all of the information down to one idea; perhaps a commandment that isn’t so simple to do in practice, but one can perfect over time. Something like:
1. Give your children all the time that you can with all the respect, love, and guidance that a person that is much less experienced and probably less emotionally stable than you deserves.
1. Do onto your children what you, after much consideration, wish had been done onto you, and be ready to grow in your considerations every week, because the minds of your children probably will change at least that often.
Not sure. I probably have more, but it’s early in the morning for me. Your mileage may vary.
I was impressed with this line from the article, though.
10. Love their mother
Hug Mom. Often. In front of the kids. Sure, sometimes marriages end, but the obligation to a woman doesn’t. Be grateful to her. Speak to her with respect. Try to make her laugh. Listen. Even if you’re not married to her, figure out how to love her.
Although spoken like a person who’s never been through a divorce, the author has a point… even if it’s a bit overstated. Alright, maybe a LOT overstated. Somehow, though, I think that you intelligent people out there can see the point. So dads, take that piece of advice and put it next to the pipe and brandy, as you wear the cardigan, and you’re reading the paper in your favorite chair in the sitting room.