This month we honor all men who love and raise our youngest children. We would like to share some ideas about how to be the best dad you can be! And though the suggestions below are geared toward fathers, we wanted to acknowledge the many men who are grandfathers, uncles, and friends taking care of our children.
Respect Your Children's Mother
One of the best things a father can do for his children is to respect their mother. If you are married, keep your marriage strong and vital. If you're not married, it is still important to respect and support the mother of your children. When children see their parents respecting each other, they are more likely to feel that they are also accepted and respected.
Spend Time with Your Children
How a father spends his time tells his children what's important to him. If you always seem too busy for your children, they will feel neglected no matter what you say. Treasuring children often means sacrificing other things, but it is essential to spend time with your children.
Earn the Right to Be Heard
Begin talking with your kids when they are very young so that difficult subjects will be easier to handle as they get older. Take time and listen to their ideas and problems.
Discipline with Love
All children need guidance and discipline, not as punishment, but to set reasonable limits. Remind your children of the consequences of their actions and provide meaningful rewards for desirable behavior. Fathers who discipline in a calm and fair manner show love for their children.
Be a Role Model
Fathers are role models to their kids whether they realize it or not. A girl who spends time with a loving father grows up knowing she deserves to be treated with respect by boys, and what to look for in a husband. Fathers can teach sons what is important in life by demonstrating honesty, humility and responsibility.
Be a Teacher
A father who teaches his children about right and wrong, and encourages them to do their best, will see his children make good choices. Involved fathers use everyday examples to help their children learn the basic lessons of life.
Eat Together as a Family
Sharing a meal together (breakfast, lunch or dinner) can be an important part of healthy family life. In addition to providing some structure in a busy day, it gives kids the chance to talk about what they are doing and want to do. It is also a good time for fathers to listen and give advice.
Read to Your Children
In a world where television and other screens often dominate the lives of children, it is important that fathers make the effort to read to their children. Children learn best by doing and reading, as well as seeing and hearing. Instilling your children with a love for reading is one of the best ways to ensure they will have a lifetime of personal and career growth.
Children need the security that comes from knowing they are wanted, accepted and loved by their family. Parents, especially fathers, need to feel both comfortable and willing to hug their children.
Realize that a Father's Job Is Never Done
Even after children are grown and ready to leave home, they will still look to their fathers for wisdom and advice. Whether it's continued schooling, a new job or a wedding, fathers continue to play an essential part in the lives of their children as they grow and, perhaps, marry and build their own families.
From National Fatherhood Initiative's "10 Ways to be a Better Dad" brochure, www.fatherhood.org.
Dad and Me Every Month!
Celebrate being a dad every month at our Dad and Me outings, held at fun venues around the county on the fourth Saturday of each month. This month join us at the Fire Station in Jackson. Click here for the flyer and all the information.
QUICK TIPS of the MONTH
June: 5 Summer Sun Safety Tips
1. Limit outdoor playtime between 10a.m. and 4p.m.
Avoid unnecessary exposure when the sun's rays are at their strongest. If your child is playing outdoors during these hours, make sure to apply sufficient sunscreen.
2. Apply sunscreen properly.
Generously apply sunscreen 30 minutes before your child goes out in the sun. Choose a sunscreen with SPF (Sun Protection Factor) 15 or higher.Reapply sunscreen every 2 to 3 hours, or after sweating or swimming.
3. Cover up.
Wearing protective clothing and hats is one of the most important ways of warding off UV damage. Protective clothing, hats with brims, and sunglasses are just as important for babies. At the beach, bring along a large umbrella.
4. Keep watch on medications.
Some medications increase the skin's sensitivity to the sun, so make sure to ask your doctor whether your child may be at risk. Prescription antibiotics and acne medications are the most notorious culprits, but when in doubt, ask.
5. Set a good example for your kids.
If your child sees you following sun-safety rules, he or she will take them for granted and follow suit. Skin protection is important for every member of the family, so team up with your children to stay protected when venturing out in the sun.
Rethink your drink! Potter the Otter says go for the water!
Did you know ?
The average 4-5 years old child consumes 17 teaspoons of added sugar a day - which amount to 65 pounds of added sugar a year! The majority of a child's added sugar intake comes from fruit juices, high-fat desserts, soft drinks and candy. Drinking water, serving water and skim milk during meal and snack time and limiting 100% juice to 4-6 ounces per day will reduce the amount of sugar in their diets and keep them healthy and strong for all the growing they are doing in their early years.
760 Amador kids and counting! Get free books for your children! Sign your child up today and start receiving one free book every month from the Imagination Library! This is a free program, available to all Amador County children aged 0-4 (from birth until their 5th birthday).
On behalf of the Amador Community College Foundation, Supervisor Lynn Morgan presented scholarships last night to Butte Fire victims at Calaveras High School. Scholarships were presented to Mary Anne Linneman attending CSU Stanislaus; Cole Bausch attending Cabrillo Community College; Madeline De Angelis attending Cabrillo Community College; Caleb Bolton attending UC Davis; and Madeline Lambert attending Cal-Poly San Luis Obispo.
These students lost their homes in the Butte Fire last fall. ACCF was pleased to award these scholarships to such deserving students! Money was raised to award $2500 to Butte Fire victims from proceeds of last year’s gala.
Congratulations to all! ACCF wishes them well and much success in college next year!