If you’re really searching for a guide on how to become a perfect or dope dad, I have news for you.
We are all DOPE DADS!
Maybe the world doesn’t know it but our kids do and that’s all that really matters.
Now it’s true that sometimes you might see a dad putting in work and you might to think to yourself damn they suck. But telling a dad that he’s doing something wrong or crazy is the perfect recipe to get a black eye bestowed on your face!
I never claim to be a perfect dad but I strive to be a great dad and work on it every day! There are so many things that go into becoming a dope dad! Here are some of the few things that help guide me on becoming the best dad I can possibly be!
I am always up for an adventure with my kids so for the past few years we have been investing more of our time in Great Adventure. I used to love going there as a teenager with my friends and now I get to the same with my kids.
However; as much fun as we have, there is nothing I hate more than standing on long lines especially in the heat!!!
Once you learn how to survive a Lego building session, it becomes fun for both the kids and the dads.
It’s a great way to spend time together and to build creativity without forcing it.
But they do get expensive!
Luckily for us the Lego Store actually hosts a dope mini build session every month for FREE! It is definitely aCool4Dads Certified Event
Price: Free Dress Code: Come As You Please Time Needed: 20 minutes Age Range: 6+ Fun Factor: Could Be Better, Good Time Filler Registration Needed: Create an account & Register Here every 15th of the month!
Yup Free 99 just how we like it! Here are a few things you need to know before heading out though!
I Love Books And How They Take You To Another World!!!!
That same love of books hasn’t transferred over to my sons yet but I’m hoping I can change that! To do so I started encouraging less Ipad time and more reading time TOGETHER.
I was searching for a book that combined some of the love I have for self help and business books but was geared towards kids. Something that had a dope message for my 10 year old but could also keep my 4 year old entertained.
Luckily I didn’t have to look far! My friend Dj BenHaMeen had just published a kid’s book called “The World Is Yours”which is actually a poem! A Dope One!
Just opening the book made me proud! I was reading something that had my cultural background in mind and led us to some cool conversations around some of the quotes below.
Chances are you took many losses while becoming the man that you are today, but watching your kids catch an L isn’t always the easiest!
A couple of weeks ago my oldest son took not 1 but 2 back to back L’s in basketball like his name was Meek Mill!
These were 2 huge championship games in 2 pretty competitive basketball leagues and I won’t lie, those losses hurt us both even if we got 2nd place in both leagues!
Even though I was the coach and was super upset I couldn’t show that to the kids. See us dads get all caught up in our feelings forgetting that our kids are lost in their feelings. They need someone strong by them and they need to be able to vent or cry as needed!
So your kid took an L, what are you going to do about it now?????
As a huge fan of books and reading, a good book fair get me hyped! I always looked forward to all the new books, talks and especially the giveaways!
Before having kids all my free time was devoted to reading books, heck I even started my career in technology at the top book publishing company Random House due to my love of books.
So when I was asked to volunteer for my sons’ book fair, there was no way I was saying no to it. I was going to be lugging around my 6 month old with me but since I never did it before I was excited about it! So I agreed to work the event for two hours with my sidekick alongside.
Besides setting my own time limit of being there I learned a few other things along the way that I hope can help you as a volunteer and/or parent!