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April 22 is Earth Day and a great opportunity for dads and children to learn more about the environment and what we can do to protect it.

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Ten Things Dads Can Do To Make Their Bodies Run Better

Wednesday April 16, 2014

Father exerciseA lesson I learned many years ago from my dad has stuck with me.  As a teenager, I helped my dad rebuild the engine to an old Volkswagen Beetle and in the process learned about how important it is to maintain an engine to keep it running smoothly.  Oil changes, checking tire pressure, and using good fuel are all important components to making a car run smoothly and last a long time.  Ignoring these simple things can cost a lot in the long run.

Our bodies operate on similar principles.  Easy, daily habits can help our bodies run more efficiently, last longer and be more productive.  These ten basic approaches to keeping our bodies running well are those easy concepts that we as dads and men need to embrace to stay on top of our game and to be around a long time to enjoy our families.

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Parents on the Same Discipline Page

Monday April 14, 2014

Children and parentsWhen parents are united in their approach to parenting, they are an unstoppable force.  This is never truer than when thinking about the parents's strategies for disciplining children.

I saw an instance last week where the parents disagreed in how to discipline a child in a public setting, and the child took advantage of the disagreement to continue to behave inappropriately.  That experience caused me to think about what parents should do to avoid this kind of problem and to get on the same page with each other on the approach to effective discipline.

Read more about the whys and hows of being united as Mom and Dad on child discipline and the best things you can do to get your act together.

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Great Podcast Episode on Internet Controls

Friday April 11, 2014

Family Internet SafetyA radio station in Salt Lake City, KSL, has a daily talk show program called The Browsers.  Every day for two hours, hosts Jay McFarland and Amy Iverson talk about the latest and greatest on the Internet.  In March, these two radio personalities hosted a town hall meeting at a local middle school for an hour and talked about how parents can monitor and control their children's Internet access and behavior.  As someone who reads a lot and writes often about Internet safety, I thought it was among the very best one-hour programs of its kind.  Tons of helpful advice, references to apps, how-to's on applying settings already built into operating systems, etc.

They have recorded a podcast of the town hall meeting and posted it on SoundCloud that is worth spending an hour listening to if you are a parent with children accessing the Internet.  Just save it to your mobile device and listen to it on the way to work or while exercising.  You will learn not only the tips and tricks you need, but also gain some courage to confront the issues head on at home.

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Finding Volunteer Opportunities for Your Family

Monday April 7, 2014

Garden boxesI live in a community which has been ranked for many years as the #1 volunteering community in the United States.  On average, residents of our town give more hours of community service per capita than any other community.  Yes, the volunteer spirit is alive and well in our community.

We have tried to teach our children the value of volunteering, largely because of what it does to them, along with the way we give back to our community.  We have helped build garden boxes, catalog cemetery headstone data for digitizing, promoted walking around a car before backing to look for children, made hygiene kits for disaster-struck areas and weeded and maintained an elderly neighbor's flower beds.  And I think that the effort has helped our children learn to be much more sensitive to others.

Volunteering in the community with your family can be very rewarding and can help your children learn charity and compassion. Find out how to volunteer with your family and how to get them excited about volunteering.

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