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What Can We Learn From Dad?

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What can we learn from Dad?

Has that question sunk in?

Do you already have a list a mile long of what you can learn from your dad or the father of your kids?

Well, if not then let me help you out.

Dad is not afraid to get dirty. Dad will get down on the ground, roll around in leaves and get down in the mud. Case in point, one of my son’s wanted to participate in Camp Pendleton’s World Famous Mud Run which is a 10K muddy mess of fun, sun and major bonding. My husband strapped on his sneakers and got ready to get dirty. They had a great time and built a wonderful memory. dad is not afraid to get dirty!

Lesson: Do not be afraid to get dirty.

Dad knows that chilling out is part of the process. He will watch TV, relax and otherwise “sit around” because he knows it is OK.

Lesson: Give yourself permission to slow down and relax. All of the chores and responsibilities will still be there.

Dad knows that speaking to the kids about real life problems is part of growing up. He knows that they do not always need to be coddled and that they can handle it.

Lesson: Allow those babies to grow up, they will anyway.

Dad can get MAD but then he gets over it. He does not stew over annoyances. He states it and is mad but then moves on.

Lesson: Do not be afraid to say what you are angry over but do let it go once you do.

Bonus Lesson: Dad generally needs some time alone to get over his annoyance, give him the time that he needs.

Dad is not afraid to be “rough and tumble” while playing. He is not worried that the children will break. He knows this is another way that he shows his love to the children while just having fun.

Do not be afraid that the kids will break but rather enjoy every moment as they are fleeting.

Lesson: Do not be afraid that the kids will break but rather enjoy every moment as they are fleeting.


Dad does not believe that the clothing needs to be perfect. Nor does he believe that the hair, or even the food, needs to be perfect. He wants to enjoy living and does get the job done but does so in a very flexible way.

Lesson: Enjoy some flexibility in life. You may discover something that you never would have otherwise.

  1. My hubby has taught me to appreciate everything in life because it does go fast.
  2. He has taught me to allow he and the children to have their own relationships just as I have my own relationship with each of our three children.
  3. He has taught me to appreciate my in-laws (I did just say that) as they have raised a man who cares so deeply for his family and will do just about anything to make sure that we are happy and taken care of.

What can you learn from the father of your children? What have you learned from your own father?



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Naturally Yours,
Elise Ho
Ph.D., D.N. Psych.
Behavioral & Mental Health Specialist

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18 thoughts on “What Can We Learn From Dad?”

  1. These are great lessons and I love reading this type of perspective. I am fortunate enough to have a very involved partner and I love watching how he is with our son. The biggest lesson I have learned from him is how to let things go.

  2. those are great lessons, especially for those who where lucky enough to have a great dad. My adoptive father was abusive, so the only lesson I learned from him, was to not be like him at all. So, in a way I learned something from him as well. I guess, there is a lessons in everything. Blessings!


    1. I am sorry that your adoptive father was abusive. I agree that there is a lesson to be learned from every situation. I look forward to hearing more from you and supporting your goals.

  3. I have seen all of these lessons illustrated by my husband and also my own dad. I would say even as a grandpa my dad teaches these lessons to me and to my kids. My hubby is definitely more rough and tumble with the kids. I think it also teaches them it’s ok to interact differently with different people. Great post.

  4. Lovely lessons. Of course, it goes without saying that all dads are not created equal, but I do love seeing so more and more dads involved with their children. That video that’s been seen everywhere of the dad walking his daughter to her first and last day of school is absolutely priceless. Thanks for the inspirational insights.

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Dr. Elise Ho

Dr. Elise Ho

Dr. Elise Ho is a Holistic Health & Life Coach with a special interest in emotional health, life alignment, and energy flow.

Elise will partner with you to align your mindset, your energy, your home and your career so that you can live your life's desire with freedom and love.

Elise offers 30 years of experience and multiple certifications and degrees including a Ph.D. in Natural Health and a doctoral degree in Naturopathic Psychology.