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Cautionary Tales For Children
Wonderful witty poems great for reading to your children. The stories and rhymes will stay with them for the rest of their lives.


Research has shown how important YOU are to your children and how as a dad the things you do, and keep on doing, really count, whether you live with them, or you are a single dad and are only able see them once a month, once a week or more, what you do really matters. This site is dedicated to all dads but will be of special relevance to the single dad. Remember, you are half the reason your children exist and they need you whether you live with them or not. As their dad, you have what it takes to make their lives successful and fulfilling no matter how often you see them. This site is about all the positive things that we as parents have to offer our children.
Follow these instructions to have a successful Reward Chart experience
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Be clear about what you expect your child to do
Talk to them about what you expect and why this helps them and the family. Donít try and fix everything at once. It is better to choose some easy to fix behaviours at first that give a positive reinforcement of the system. These could be things like making their beds, sitting at the table for the whole meal, being well behaved at the table, doing their homework without a fuss or making their beds for example. Do not be vague about what behaviours you are rewarding.


Help them to do the task for the first few times
Encourage them if itís something that they have to do on their own. Remember that your praise and attention is what they want. Help them to see how well they are doing.


Make sure the reward is something that they want
This doesnít mean an expensive gift or costly bribe. It could be earning time on the computer game, or earning a small amount of extra pocket money (say 20p - £1) towards buying a comic or book. Smaller children will enjoy the winning of stars or stickers as much as anything, whereas older children will require a bit more creativity in their reward system. Each child will have different things that motivate them. Donít make normal things that you do a condition of the Reward Chart, it should be something special.


Donít put off getting the reward
You must be prepared for the success of the Reward Chart. If you have agreed that your child will receive something when he or she has filled up the row of stars, then make sure you get the promised reward. Keep your side of the bargain.


Make sure you set a good example
Children are learning machines and like sponges, they spend their time picking up our bad (and good) behaviours. Look at the things you do and the way you behave and see if it is showing them a bad example. Remember that children pick up on the most subtle behaviours of the adults around them.


Stick with the system
Things wonít change overnight, so remember it might take time to really work, especially where behaviours have become entrenched over a few months or year. Often it seems harder at first, helping and encouraging the child to do the things that they need to do. When this happens it sometimes seems easier just to do the thing yourself. In the end this is not the best route. Make sure you spend the time needed to get things working properly. So if they have a task to do, donít do it for them, just help them to do it. Children need consistency so saying what you are going to do and then doing it is very important. Never promise anything you canít deliver.


Get your child interested in the Reward Chart right from the start
Choose the Reward Chart with your child, to get their early buy-in to the process. Show them the Chart let them help you print it out and make the stickers with you, or help you choose and buy the stickers at the shops. Explain to them how it works and put the Chart somewhere that everyone can see it so that they can be proud of their progress and show it off to others if they want. The fridge door or the living room are good places to put the Chart. The dadcando reward charts have been designed so that they also fold up as booklets, perfect for separated parents, because the chart can be taken from home to home. If you do this make sure you have your partner onside with the idea first. Show that you are interested in the chart once it gets going, by checking the progress and praising success.


There are some very important rules for using the Reward Chart, please also read these before you start.



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Playing games is a very important part of being a child. Through game playing children learn about strategy, the joy of winning, how to cope with losing, negotiation techniques and how to notice and understand a whole range of social cues, all of which will significantly improve the way they get along with people as they grow up. Playing games also develops the imagination. When kids play a game together they build a whole story round their game, each person has a character, a purpose and motives, all playing out their parts in the rich landscape of their imaginations.

research has shown that degree and quality of playtime a child has with its father is a vital factor in determining the growing childís sense of self-worth and confidence


Almost anything you do with your kids can and should be partly game (think of Mary Poppins finding fun in every chore), but it is important to set time aside for your kids when you are just playing with them for the sake of playing, rather than instructing them or caring for them. When you play together you enter their world and understand so much more about them and how they think, and you give them your undivided attention, some of the highest quality time your child can get. Scientific research studies have repeatedly shown that the degree and quality of playtime a child has with its father is a vital factor in determining the growing childís sense of self-worth and confidence.

Having your children's friends round for tea


You donít need to wait for a special occasion party to organise some games or activities. Having friends over for tea or the afternoon at the weekend is an important part of your childrenís social life. They wonít need much encouragement to invite their friends over to your house. Theyíll be proud to show off their other home and proud to show off their dad and the fun things that you do together. At times like these it is good to have a few games or Doing Activities ready to go, instead of letting them play on the games console all afternoon. You could plan to do one of the dadcando.com Making projects, (there are some that only need a piece of paper) or you could try out one of the party games in this section as an activity. Youíll find some great games in the Childrenís Parties page like the Egyptian Mummy game or the Treasure Hunt, either of which are perfect for when your kid has his or her friends over for tea.

Or maybe it's just time to put your feet up and relax together


When youíre all done and you all just want to put your feet up and cuddle up on the sofa, then watching a great film with your kids or reading a lovely story to them is a wonderful way to spend time together. We hope you'll find find our weekly review of films and books useful in finding a good film or book to curl up with.

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