Hello and welcome to a strange new world. You have traveled far through the desert, only to be met time and again by one empty oasis after another. You are lost and alone, wandering, wondering if someone, anyone, knows how you feel. And just when you think you can't go on, and no one could possibly understand your struggle, a hand reaches out to you, lifts you to your feet, and carries you to the promised land. He feeds you knowledge, shelters you from the self-righteous (and the ridiculous), and provides you with the tools you need to survive in this brave new world. You are a stranger in a strange land, but you are not alone. Let him be your guide. Follow closely as you travel together on this adventure of a lifetime. For now, you are a foreigner to "Fatherhood" but soon YOU will be the master of this realm.

"No Man is Expendable!"

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Fodder Up!: Part VIII - The Disciplined Dad

As a father, if you learn one valuable lesson from your kids it is this: before you can discipline a child you must first learn to discipline yourself. If you look at your relationship with your child as a battle, you have already lost. You can't negotiate with a baby. And it's futile to think your posturing is going to help you gain any ground with a toddler. When it comes to parenting, might is not right, and force won't get you far, so you need to be disciplined in your approach. You must be tactical, practical, and unflappable if you ever hope to come out on top, but it is always better to rule by example than by an iron fist.  This is Fodder Up! Today's lesson: 
 Disciplining Dad.

The Discipline Cheat Sheet:

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It is no secret that children like to push the boundaries of acceptable behavior, and pushing their boundaries means pushing your buttons. It's all part of the learning curve, for both you and your child. It is up to you, as the parent, to learn right from wrong (the proper way to discipline a child), and then, and only then will you be able to pass those lessons on to your children. 

We call this the Discipline Cheat Sheet, your guide to disciplining your child. You can call it your salvation.
 Discipline For Dummies Daddies:
      Specific Subjects:
      Surviving Temper Tantrums-
      Overcoming Selective Listening-
      The Back End of Spanking-
      Timing Your Time Outs-
      Final Thoughts: Corporal Punishment
      Now, no one is saying that you won't have a few hiccups along the way, but at least you are armed with all the information you will ever need to stand your ground and correct your child's ill-chosen conduct in the most positive and proactive of ways. But, when in doubt, it never hurts to consult an expert...

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