Hi, I’m Steve and I’m a new Dad who has learned a lot of things over the last several months and I want to pass along some knowledge to you!

Each week I will be giving you some new tips for first-time parents and one spectacular Dad joke!  So let's get to the tips!

  1. Today’s first Daddy Tip is to get ready for the onslaught of ouchie, owie, and ows after you teach them the word ouch. Ever since Charlotte learned the word ouch, everything is an ouch or ouchie. She gets some peanut butter on her finger while eating… Ouchie. The cat hisses at her… Ouchie. She gets her sleeve wet while washing her hands… Ouchie. No Charlotte, those are not ouchies. Oh, and avoid the whole kissing the ouchie thing because that’s just a whole other headache when her fake ouchies also need to be kissed.
  2. The next Daddy Tip of the week is to start teaching your kids early about personal property. Charlotte just started the whole “mine” phase of childhood where she believes that pretty much everything is hers. We didn’t think it was a big deal at first because the only times she would do it at home was with things like dog toys or occasionally my iPad. But, then we saw a few pictures of her at daycare wearing other kids' hats and backpacks. Whoops. So, we are just now trying to teach her that only certain things belong to her. We still got a long road ahead of us with this one…
  3. And the final Daddy Tip of the week is to not play with your child’s emotions, even if it is kinda funny. We got Charlotte a toy doctor kit for Christmas and she absolutely loves it. Always putting her stethoscope on and checking our heartbeats, giving us shots, and looking in our ears with her otoscope. Well, we decided it would be fun if we had an air quotes “emergency” where Dr. Charlotte had to save her Dolly. Turns out we made far to big of a deal out of the emergency and Charlotte was a crying mess thinking that something was actually wrong with her Dolly. It took most of an evening to get her out of her funk and explain that we were just playing pretend.

And now it’s time for an awesome Dad Joke!

Q: What’s the best part about living in Switzerland?
A: I don’t know, but the flag is a big plus.

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