Thanksgiving: A Holiday for the man, made by a woman.

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Thanksgiving. Hands down, my favorite holiday of the year.

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But this is only true, because I’m a man.

My wife would disagree. That is, she would disagree that Thanksgiving is the best, not that I’m a man…I think.

Truth is, Thanksgiving is a completely different holiday to the man than it is to the woman.

I offer you, 3 easy steps to make Thanksgiving better for her.

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“Daddy, have you ever smiled?” The question that changed my parenting.

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Me with Brady and Cameron

I’m a father to two boys, 13 and 9. It was the youngest that asked me the question which changed the way I thought of myself as a parent. He was about 5 years old at the time, and it hit me like a ton of bricks.

“Daddy, have you ever smiled?”

I was taken off guard at first by the question. What could he mean? Of course I smile. Anybody who knows me may wonder if I’ve ever been serious.

The more I thought about it though, the kid was right.  His perception of me as not only a father, but a person, painted a terrible reality.

Don’t misunderstand, on the surface, I’m a good dad. I don’t beat my children; I hug them, kiss them, and tell them I love them. All the things we think are the important parts of being a good parent. Obviously, it wasn’t enough.

I had to take a look at myself from my kid’s perspective. I saw 5 negatives I knew I had to change to positives.

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