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5 Things every dad should teach his son

  • April 27, 2013
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  • [www.ravictory.blogspot.com] ~ Yes, we live in a modern age full of
    smartphones and YouTube tutorials, but
    there still is no substitute for hands-on
    learning through participation and repetition.
    After all, father-son bonding through oral
    traditions goes back to the dawn of time. My
    boys love to hear about how I spent my time
    as a kid in a pre-cable, pre-internet, pre-
    gaming world. And they love even more
    hearing about the skills I learned in my youth.

    1. How to Skip a Stone: There are two key
    elements to successful stone skipping: the
    rock and the throw. Ideally, the rock should
    be flat and smooth on both sides. I personally
    favor a rock that looks like a paper football
    (triangular). Once you’ve found your rock,
    you’ll need to master the throw. Grip the
    rock between your forefinger and thumb.

    Aim to throw the rock straight, facing out
    from your palm, so its flight is perpendicular
    to the water’s surface. Flick your wrist on
    release (like you would a baseball), and
    watch your rock skip! Ten skips is impressive;
    anything over 20 is exceptional.

    2. How to Climb a Tree: Much like skipping
    stones, how you choose your tree is crucial.
    Novices should select a tree in which they
    can reach up and grasp a branch while still
    standing on the ground. They will also want
    to make sure branches are within arm’s
    reach once they’re off the ground. An
    expert tree-climber will take the Tarzan
    approach and hug the tree’s trunk tightly
    while placing his feet heel-to-toe until he has
    reached his first branch. Most important:
    Make sure any and every branch will be able
    to support your weight. A good tip: If the
    branch is the size of your arm, stick as close
    as possible to the tree’s center where the
    branch and tree connect. A branch the size
    of your thigh or bigger should be able to
    hold you sufficiently farther away from the
    tree’s core.

    3. How to Do Laundry: Teaching your son to
    wash his own clothes will go a long way.
    Different clothes can require different
    handling. These days, most washing machines
    are as complicated as your DVR remote, but
    there are two basic rules of thumb: 1) Wash
    whites in hot water; and 2) Wash colors in
    cold water.

    4. How to Scale a Fence: You never know
    when you’ll need this skill—it might even be in
    a dream!—so it’s a good one to have. Fences
    come in different shapes and sizes. Wooden
    split-rail fences are best conquered by
    grasping the top rail with both hands and
    then stepping on the bottom rail with your
    lead foot. Lean back with your body weight
    and then explode up off your foot. Shift
    your shoulders and hips—in parallel formation
    —over the top rail. Your momentum will get
    you over. As you cross the top rail, let go
    with your hands, and bring your feet
    together as you land. As with trees, the best
    techniques for other types of fences will
    depend on what you can reach and how
    much weight it can support. Always make
    sure there’s a place for at least one hand
    and one foot on the fence at all times for
    optimal support of your body.

    5. How to Cook a Meal: Like laundry, cooking
    doesn’t have to be as intimidating or
    confusing as some people make it seem. If
    you can read, you can cook. Seriously. All
    you have to do is follow the recipe. Two
    important things to remember: 1) Salt and
    pepper are your best friends (they will bring
    out the flavor of almost any food); and 2)
    Cook to taste (too often people don’t eat
    something because they don’t like the way it
    tastes). So if you can make a grilled cheese,
    then you can make a quesadilla. Try adding
    some of your favorite meats or veggies to a
    quesadilla to spice it up. And if you can boil
    water, you can make pasta.
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    Greg Barbera of DadCentric is a dad
    blogger, beer magazine editor and the
    singer/bass player for the punk band Chest
    Pains. He lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
    You can follow him on twitter @gregeboy,
    Tumblr, Facebook and Blogger.

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