Between bedtime and keeping our kids alive and fed, it’s easy to lose track of the little moments. We get caught up in the hustle of a busy family routine and forget to create memorable scenes.
Turns out the moments matter even if the little ankle biters never remember.
Kids have a knack for recalling the most obscure things at the most inopportune times. Like when your daughter reminds you that you said she could have ice cream after dinner when she’s already late getting ready for bed.
Once they get a little older the hormones kick in and the poor kids can’t remember anything (shoes, jacket, homework, chores, first name, etc).
Our guest on Episode 12 of Dad Life Rules is an online marketer, Apple enthusiast, fanatic baseball fan, and Arizona native, Dave Shrein.
In today’s interview we dig into creating special moments with our kids, even if they are too young to remember and the significance of a roll of quarters.
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During our conversation, Dave and I discussed:
- A memorable theme of his childhood and the impact on Dave’s approach to fatherhood
- The story of a dad giving his sons the chance to live their dreams one year
- Which trophy Dave has kept all these years
- How dads can get involved in their kid’s activities, even if it’s not something they see as a priority
- Why it’s important to create memorable moments even if the child won’t remember
- How a dad can involve his kids in activities he enjoys
- The influence dads gain by relating to kids on their level
- What it takes to shift focus from ROI to ROR
- The true value of a quarter
- Excuses to help you convince your wife to let you get the Apple Watch
- A secret to rocking Disneyland on the cheap
- The retired NFL quarterback Dave has a man-crush on
- “Whatever medium you’re using, it boils down to telling a story to provide value to your audience.”
- “Part of what makes a story so impactful are memorable moments.”
- “If you want to play catcher you’ve got to work hard at it.”
- “Whatever it is that they show excitement about, that needs to be important to me.”
- If you try to relate to a kid from an adult point of view, your relationship will be skewed.
- Ask your kid to tell you a story and them let get immersed in sharing it.
- A kid needs her dad to be interested in what she’s interested in.
- Engaging in what interests your kids lays the groundwork for deeper relationships as they navigate life’s tough spots.
- Spending quality and quantity time with our kids strengthens the relational bond.
- Pay attention to what your kids latch onto.
- David & Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell
- Become a SuperLearner by Jonathan Levi
- Save Kindle Highlights and Notes Into Evernote
- Missional Man Podcast: Identity & Being a Dad (KC’s guest appearance)
Contact Dave Shrein
Dad Life Rules
- Twitter: @DadLifeRules
- Facebook: fb.com/DadLifeRules
- Podcast Page: DadLifeRules.com
- Show Notes: kcprocter.com/DLR012
Next week we’ve got a special interview with the author of The Sketchnote Handbook, Mike Rohde. We discuss embracing creativity and letting our kids teach us.
Thank you again for listening. Keep up the good work.
What do you remember most about your childhood? What do you want your kids to remember? Share in the comments.
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