The ‘World’s Easiest Tips’ for Taking your ‘World’s Greatest Dad’ title to the next level

The ‘World’s Easiest Tips’ for Taking your ‘World’s Greatest Dad’ title to the next level

Whether it appears on a coffee mug, T-shirt or oversized belt buckle, the phrase “World’s Greatest Dad” gets plenty of use on Father’s Day. Having guided their families through the COVID-19 crisis, dads across Canada deserve extra props this year!

If you’re wondering how so many dads can be ranked No. 1, here’s the deal: to their own kids, every single one of them really IS the greatest! Of course, there’s always room for improvement in the father-child relationship, and that’s where our good friends and collaborators over at The Men’s Initiative (TMI) come in. As fathers themselves, the organization’s three founders offer these 10 great tips for being a better “World’s Greatest Dad.”

Dr. John Izzo: Quality time meets hugs

As a “founding father” of the Vancouver-based TMI, Dr. John Izzo is all about bringing people together to improve guys’ lives. As a dad himself, John knows plenty about the power of a child’s love, and offers these tips on helping this love grow and thrive:  

  • “Spend a few one-on-one minutes each day with each of your children. Be 100 percent focused. Ask them how they are doing and how their day was.”
  • “Ask them to tell you one way they would like you to be an even better dad. Listen deeply and don’t defend. Then act on their feedback.”
  • “When one of your children hugs you, no matter how old they are, don’t let go until they do. You might be surprised how much longer they want your hug!”

There are so many benefits of spending time with your child: Building their self-esteem, strengthening family bonds, developing good behaviour, encouraging communication, improving their school work, and forming positive relationships with others. The list goes on and on. And let’s not forget having a ton of fun!

Dr. Duncan Shields: Curiosity meets self-esteem

  • “Find things that your kids are doing right, and compliment them on that. Kids will grow in the direction of your pride.”
  • “Be the father you wish you’d had. When your kids remember being stuck at home during the COVID-19 crisis or look back on their early life, what stories will they tell about their time with you?”
  • “Give your kids the gift of your quality attention. Don’t just tell them what to do or how to behave. Listening to them and being curious about how they think teaches them they’re worth listening to. Your children are your footprints in the future, and your job is to set them up to go further than you have been able to go.”

On that note, check out these new studies showing that many Canadian dads feel closer to their kids during the pandemic, and want that closeness to continue. How awesome is THAT?

Dr. David Kuhl: Pride meets fun

  • “Spend time reading with your kids. If you don’t enjoy reading, tell them stories or use the pictures in books to have a conversation with them.”
  • “Tell your kids that you love them, that you’re proud of them, and that you would not want to live your life without them in it.”
  • “Hug your kids even before they hug you.”
  • “Once or twice a week, invite them to spend half an hour with you doing whatever they want to do.”

If they use that time to make you a “World’s Greatest Dad” gift, you’ll have earned the title all the more. “World’s Greatest-est Dad” may sound unusual, but it does have a nice ring to it.

Help other dads out. What makes you feel like the “World’s Greatest Dad”? Rock star pancakes on the weekend? The way you sing their favourite song? Share the fun in the comments below!

If you want to learn more about mental health, check out the A Guy’s Guide to Mental Health.

How can you make those memories if you aren’t staying healthy and at the top of your game? We’ve got your back!

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New Year’s Resolutions Be Damned

New Year’s Resolutions Be Damned

It’s the New Year once again, and with it come lofty promises to eat well, get fit and cut back on vices like spending hours grooming your beard and binge watching Netflix. But have no fear, we’re going to arm you with some easy to implement tips which are going to give you real results at the end of this year.

You don’t need a life coach or cheerleading squad in order to get results. Joking aside, we have carefully selected great tips, including some pointers from our resident Champions Olympic medalist Adam Kreek and CFL star Shea Emry to make things easier!

1. Move a little

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If you need a kickstart, park your car further away from work or take the stairs instead of the elevator a couple of times a week. If you’re ready for more, aim for 30 minutes of exercise per day. A brisk walk or doing some at-home jumping jacks, push-ups and sit-ups count towards your exercise quota. To help you get started, check out our Weekly Fitness Challenges!

2. Get some ZZZs

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“Proper sleep can be your secret weapon,” says Olympic champion Adam Kreek. Avoid food within four hours of shuteye, and aim for 7 to 8 hours of sleep to feel your best. Check out more of Adam’s sleep tips here.

3. Try a food swap

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There’s more to life than giving up your favourite meals for salad. Trading one bad food for something healthier can go a long way to improving your body and mindset. Over a period of time, your body will crave the more nutritious option and phase the others out (don’t knock it until you try it, it actually works!). Here are 5 food swaps to get you started.

4. Hydrate between drinks

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After New Year’s Eve, you may be on a week-long (or for some of you a month-long) detox. But don’t let a bad hangover be your only motivation to lay off booze. Did you know that guys who consume more than 10 bevvies a week are doubling their risk of developing type 2 diabetes? Most guys are also dehydrated, so swap the beer for a pint of water every so often and your body will thank you.

5. Laugh it out

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Be open, laugh, and share what’s real and relevant in your life with your buddies to shrug off everyday stress. “Vulnerability does not expose weakness, but rather strength – and men need to find the courage to show it in order to live better lives,” explains Champion Shea Emry. Read more of Shea’s mental health tips here

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