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Ep. 14 – What Are The Things My Kids Secretly Wish I Knew?

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This is the All Pro Dad podcast, where in each episode, dads of all ages dive into just one question. Today, we ask, “What are the things my kids secretly wish I knew?”

Do you have secret desires? Things you wish people knew about you but you’re too nervous to verbalize? There’s a good chance your kids have those feelings, too. Ted Lowe, Jonathan Manke, Buck Buchanan, and BJ Foster uncover some of the deeply important things kids wish their parents knew.

Knowing what your kids want and need from you can strengthen your relationship, build trust, and even help them become healthier and happier adults. Here is why it’s so important to know what your kids are thinking:

  1. Kids want you to say no. 
  2. Kids are desperate for your approval. 
  3. Kids want your guidance rather than your expectations.
  4. Kids have no idea who they are yet and are scared to death. 
  5. Kids are consistently treated with contempt.

Remember, your kids love you, even if they don’t always show it. By taking the time to learn more about them, you can build a stronger relationship and help them to become the best people they can be.

Today’s Pro Move: Based on what you have learned from this episode, leave your kids or teenagers a note to encourage them. It could be as simple as a sticky note saying things like…

· “One day, I hope you see how (brave, smart, kind,) you are.”
· “I know things have been tough at school, but I’m proud of the way you
are handling yourself.”
· “Always know you are not alone; I’m right here whenever you need me.”

Other resources

5 Things Teenagers Secretly Want You to Know But Won’t Tell You


5 Things I Wish I Knew When My Kids Were Young


5 Things Your Teen Needs You to Know


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