After all, where did you learn how to communicate with your kids?
How are you supposed to know what your kids needs in order to respect you and listen to you, without being scared of you.
How are you supposed to figure out what your kids are thinking and feelings, especially when they either can’t tell you because they are too young or won’t tell you?
If you’re like most men, you’re probably scratching your head, trying to come up with an answer.
Our dads almost certainly didn’t teach us this and neither did we learn it at school. So where are we supposed to learn how to communicate with our kids?
I remember, when I first became a dad, I was so excited.
But as my son started to grow up, I realized I had a major problem.
I didn’t know how to get him to do what I wanted, without getting angry.
And it broke my heart!
I loved my son and I did NOT want to get angry at him, but I didn’t know any other way to get him to do what I wanted.
I felt heartsick every time I saw his little eyes look down as he went off to do whatever I’d ask. The guilt and shame that washed over me was the WORST feeling I’d ever experienced, but I didn’t know any other way.
One day I was sitting down, after another episode when my son had gone off in tears because I’d yelled at him over something trivial, andI realized that if I didn’t change something…