101 Things Great Dads Do: Small Acts That Make a Big Difference

101 Things Great Dads Do: Small Acts That Make a Big Difference

by Jay Payleitner

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Overview

What Does It Take to Be a Great Dad? Action!

If being a great dad doesn't come natural to you, welcome to the club. No guy has fatherhood totally figured out, and that's okay. What matters are the small, consistent steps you take to show your kids you care and you are there.

Bestselling author Jay Payleitner shares 101 creative ways you can love, teach, and lead your children. Unleash the great dad within when you

  • stop and catch the fireflies, even while wearing a three-piece suit
  • give horsey rides instead of spending money on Disney World
  • trigger traditions (If you don't keep them, who will?)
  • explain syzygy (Don't worry, it will be explained to you first.)
  • teach your kids how to love and be loved by knowing the source of love

...and try 96 other amazingly dad-doable tasks!

Join other aspiring awesome fathers in walking the talk every day in simple yet powerful ways.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780736973991
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
Publication date: 09/04/2018
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 1,187,996
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.39(d)

About the Author

Jay Payleitner is one of the top freelance Christian radio producers in the United States. He has worked on Josh McDowell Radio, Today's Father, Jesus Freaks Radio for the Voice of the Martyrs, Project Angel Tree with Chuck Colson, and many others. He’s also a popular speaker on parenting and marriage and the author of dozen-plus books, including the bestselling 52 Things Kids Need from a Dad, 52 Things Wives Need from a Husband, and 52 Things Sons Need from Their Dad; he also created “The Dad Manifesto.” Jay has also served as an AWANA director, a wrestling coach, and the executive director of the Illinois Fatherhood Initiative; he now partners with the National Center for Fathering, whose efforts he fosters and promotes. He and his wife, Rita, live near Chicago, where they’ve raised five great kids and loved on ten foster babies.

Table of Contents

Preface 11

1 Stop and Catch the Fireflies 13

2 Buy a Unicycle 14

3 Play Kick the Can, Red Rover, Spud, Dodgeball, Capture the Flag, or Hide-and-Seek 15

4 Trigger Traditions 17

5 Give Noogies 19

6 Teach Stuff Before They Learn It in School 20

7 Laugh with Them. Cry with Them 21

8 Don't Curse the Train, Count the Train Cars 23

9 Spy on Your Kids 24

10 Snuggle 26

11 Respect Their Mom 28

12 Quit Smoking 29

13 Go the Extra Wile 30

14 Laugh over Spilled Milk 32

15 Respond to Any Crisis, "I Love You. It Will Be Okay. We'll Get Through This Together." 33

16 Tuck In 35

17 Say Bedtime Prayers 37

18 Rake Leaves Together 38

19 Stop Raking to Watch the Geese Fly South in V Formation 39

20 Ignore the Stickball Dents on the Garage Door 40

21 Make Stilts 42

22 See Your Kids as Future Adults 44

23 Quit Golf 45

24 Patiently Teach Them to Play Golf 46

25 Teach Rock/Paper/Scissors 48

26 Tell Knock-Knock Jokes 49

27 Give Horsey Rides 51

28 Play H-O-R-S-E 52

29 Don't Let Them Win. They'll Beat You Fair and Square Soon Enough 53

30 Kiss Your Wife in the Kitchen 54

31 Don't Be the Jerk in the Stands 56

32 Chaperone a School Dance 57

33 Earn the Right to Say What Needs to Be Said 59

34 Chat over Waffles 61

35 Survive the Asparagus Standoff 62

36 Measure Their Growth 64

37 Do Sundays 65

38 Skip Rocks 67

39 Display Their Artwork on the Refrigerator 68

40 Always Have a Clean Handkerchief 70

41 Volunteer at Their Stuff 71

42 Say or Write "Love You" 73

43 Apologize When You Mess Up 75

44 Keep Promises 76

45 Follow the Crowd 77

46 Make Time for Them When They're Young. They'll Make Time for You Later 78

47 Carry Recent Photos on Your Smartphone 80

48 Teach the Art of the Handshake 82

49 Hold Tight/Hold Loose 83

50 Be Amazed When They Bring You a Bug, Dandelion, or Shiny Rock 84

51 Schedule an Adventure 86

52 Make Your Home a Hangout 88

53 Celebrate Rules 89

54 Teach Appropriate Rule Breaking 91

55 Be a Warrior 93

56 Wake Your Kid for a Lunar Eclipse 95

57 See the Glory 96

58 Sing Lullabies 98

59 Notice the Good Stuff and Let Them Know 100

60 Foster Sportsmanship 102

61 Connect Your Kids to Your Parents 104

62 Be Humble 106

63 Read a Well Worn Bible 107

64 Cherish Chauffeur Chatting 108

65 Be a Little Ticked Off Sometimes 110

66 Applaud Artistic Beauty 112

67 Knock and Pray 114

68 Rescue Them at the Top of Any Slippery Slope 116

69 Remember the Carousel 118

70 Kick Around Deep Ideas 119

71 Invigorate Any Slugs 121

72 Exemplify Glory and Rewards 123

73 Bea Sparring Partner 125

74 Sound the Rallying Cry 126

75 Take a Stand 128

76 See the Silhouette 130

77 Recognize Responsible Comedy 131

78 Deconstruct Proverbs 22:6 133

79 Think Magnificent Thoughts 134

80 Miss Your Kids 136

81 Do Teachable Moments 138

82 Do Prayable Moments 140

83 Explain Syzygy 142

84 Hold Your Baby 144

85 Never Expect Quality Time to Make Up for Lost Quantity Time 145

86 Call, Text, or Reach Out to Them Right Now 146

87 Prohibit Whining 147

88 Counteract the Smartphone Crisis 148

89 Discover Shadows 150

90 Expect Sin 151

91 Invite Them into Your World 153

92 Endow Your Kids with Roots and Wings 155

93 Watch Your Words 157

94 Pray a Blessing 158

95 Watch the Horizon 160

96 Splurge (Occasionally) 163

97 Listen 165

98 Accept the Gift 166

99 Be a Forever Father 168

100 Be an Awesome Grandpa 169

101 Teach Them How to Love. And How to Be Loved 171

Notes 173

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