OMG! My Dad is on FACEBOOK!

June 18, 2012

Happy Father’s Day

Happy Father’s Day! This is a day where we celebrate all that is wonderful about those men in our lives who love us unconditionally and protect us from everything—in our real and even our virtual worlds. Dads are the chief protectors and that includes taking the lead on protecting their teens from all that can go wrong via their social media connections and text messaging. And while Dad uses these great new technologies to keep track of their teens, they can also be using them to build a deeper relationship with their children—which ultimately is the very best way to protect them.

So, on this Father’s Day, I challenge all Dads to move beyond text messages that simply ask “Where are you?” or “What time will you be home?”, and send your teens some of these messages (adapted from National Fatherhood Initiative):

• What are you up to this weekend? I was hoping we could spend some time shooting hoops at the park.
• Let’s get some ice cream after dinner tonight—should we invite your Mom?
• Good luck on your test today. You’re going to do a great job—I’m so proud of you.
• How’s your day? Hope it’s great.
• Hang in there. I know it’s been a crazy week!
• You looked really nice this morning—that new shirt looks really great on you.
• Great game—I loved watching you on the field!
• Hey, I just wanted to let you know that I love you.

Protect your Teen

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