Jan 18, 2010

Daddy does not play! The importance of strong fathers

Today Dwayne and I took William out with us to run a few errands. One of our stops was by my father-in-law's house. Dwayne let William run around a little in the front yard (it's one of those streets that very few cars drive through). Dwayne's dad had a pile of yard debris including some old wooden boards and it was on a part of the front yard that is on a slope. This was a dangerous area for the little guy to be around so we had to keep a good eye on him. Of course William had to try running over that way and I am screaming for him to stop and he is laughing the whole way over there. Dwayne then does this simple sound like he's clearing his throat loudly and Will stops dead in his tracks. Smile is gone. He slowly walks away from the danger zone. See William knows he can sort of charm his way a bit with me and the big sisters but when it comes to daddy, no way. It ain't happening. Dwayne says that fathers have to "Put the fear of God" in a child to keep them in check. He also says there has to be a line drawn out that they should know they are not to cross. I think we have a pretty good balance between the two of us so hopefully we will have a great experience raising this little boy. I truly believe that strong fathers are such an important part in a child's development. I'm also glad that I can use Dwayne when William gets out of line. It worked like a charm with the girls so we will see what happens with William :)

8 comments:

  1. Jase isn't even the kids DNA dad but he is really good at keeping them in line. A firm disciplinarian with a soft heart. Kids never listen to me but let Jase speak and their ears perk up.

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  2. That's right! This is so important. You BOTH are doing an awesome job. Keep on keeping on! The fear of God? He is NOT playing! I LOVE IT.

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  3. That sounds so much like the dynamic in my house. It works so well.

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  4. Dads have it easy, don't they. Moms (me especially) can scream our heads off all day long at the kids while they laugh and ignore us. And all a dad has to do is give them "the look" and they fall in line. I'm so thankful for my husband. And the kids definitely know that Daddy does not play!

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  5. This is so true! I swear, there is nothing like the presence of dad around. Kids just seem to respect them in a differetn type of way - not that they don't respect us, but when Dad speaks or gives that look, they know its business. That was always my experience growing up, and I'm pretty sure that will also be the case in our household as Chase grows a little older (and starts to test us, lol).

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  6. and I am screaming for him to stop and he is laughing the whole way over there. Dwayne then does this simple sound like he's clearing his throat loudly and Will stops dead in his tracks. Smile is gone. He slowly walks away from the danger zone.


    LOL!


    You speak the truth.

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  7. Amen to that! I agree we definitley need strong fathers. My son while not a bad kid knows he can charm his way with me but all my husband has to do is call MATTHEW in a firm but calm voice and Matt straightens right up. I love it.

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  8. Coming from some strong women, I didn't play with my daughter. She didn't do that cutesy thing. When I called her, she knew it was business. LOL. Now when she became a teen, then it was collar her up and show her I was not playing. I didn't have time for the crazy teen stuff. I was and am still tough.

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