Fathers Used to Give Sage Wisdom

I don’t know about you, but when I was a kid, the men in my life provided sage wisdom. Whether it was my grandfather, father, a neighbor, or even my first boss, they always had some quip or short saying that really summed up a life lesson. A couple of examples include, “don’t pee into the wind,” or “treat others the way you want to be treated.”

Even as an adult, I find myself pondering some of the meaning or the story that triggered the saying.

However, as a dad, I find I rarely say anything other than bullshit common sense stuff that shouldn’t need saying in the first place. Here are my top 5 categories of brilliant shit I have yelled at my children.

student boys pull fire alarm as a prank with no consequences

Consequences

So, as dads, it is our job is to not only impart as much wisdom as we can to our children, but to let them know that there are consequences for their behavior. When there are consequences, most children (most, but not all) pause before they do something stupid. Eventually (we hope) this pause turns into impulse control later on.

Like maybe in their early 30s.