The following quiz (give or take a few questions) was given to dads who attended a “Championship Fathering” conference Saturday morning at Oklahoma City’s St. John Missionary Baptist Church.
I thought the quiz was interesting enough to pass on:
1. Name two of your congressional leaders.
2. What is the weather forecast?
3. Who won last year’s Super Bowl?
4. What is the price of gas?
5. Name a national TV news anchor.
Now that you’ve answered those questions, try the following:
1. What is your child’s favorite food?
2. What is your child’s all-time favorite possession?
3. What is your child’s greatest fear?
4. Who is your child’s closest friend?
5. What is your child’s favorite TV show?
OK. Tally up your score and see how you did on the first set of questions as compared to the second set.
Be honest, dads.
If you know more of the first set than the latter set, you probably need to spend more time with your children.
So said Brett Fuller, a Virginia pastor who spoke at the fatherhood conference.
Pretty insightful quiz, huh? These are really simple questions but the answers can make all the difference to your children — in more ways than one.
Look for more on the “Championship Fathering” conference in this week’s Oklahoman
In the same way that every parent has the smartest and the cutest children (me included), I also stake claim the world’s most stubborn child. My 7-year-old seems determined to “win” — in whatever way that means.
When things start going poorly, we have every intention of maintaining the calm parenting skills that we 100-percent support in the imaginary world of mature thought and common sense. In the real world, however, the 7-year-old wins, and the little voice in our head that snarkily says, “Who’s the adult here?” just ticks us off.
So when the children are finally quiet and asleep, and the good sprits of the evening are ruined, we’re often feel like terrible patience-less parents, wondering aloud how a 7-year-old can outfox and outlast us again and again.
Then Tivo switches to Supernanny.
Thank God for Supernanny.
After 15 minutes, my kids look like angels again. But realistically, that’s bound to happen by morning anyway, with or without a TV show.
After 15 minutes, I feel like a decent parent again. We don’t have it so bad. And that’s something to be thankful for.