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7 Reasons Why My Kids Think I’m a Mean Dad

By Frederick J. Goodall |

If you listen to my kids, you’d think I was the meanest dad on the planet. According to them, I deprive them of all of the fun things that their friends get to do. However, I’m just trying to protect them, teach them important values, and raise them to be productive adults.

Of course, they don’t see it that way. They just think I’m a mean dad and here are 7 reasons why.

7 Reasons Why My Kids Think I’m a Mean Dad

7 Reasons Why My Kids Think I'm a Mean Dad

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Frederick J. Goodall

Frederick J. Goodall is a writer, a speaker, and a father. In 2008, he started the popular fatherhood blog, Mocha Dad to chronicle his life as a dad and to counter the negative stereotypes regarding fatherhood. He wanted to give readers a firsthand account of a father who is intimately involved in his children’s lives and motivate other men to be more actively engaged and involved with their children, families, and communities. Read bio and latest posts → Read Frederick J.'s latest posts →

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4 thoughts on “7 Reasons Why My Kids Think I’m a Mean Dad

  1. Mike says:

    If you kids friends are listening to little wayne, he needs new friends too.

    Good list however, we are exact same with our daughter. Forget the norm, raise them how you feel is right. Cell phones are the bane of our kids.

  2. Frances says:

    As I tell my kids everyday, if children didn’t need parents God will drop them form the sky. You keep on doing what you are doing because they may complain but they love you and the boundaries.
    My siblings and I complained incessantly about my Dad’s strict rules and his favorite saying ” you are my child, you are not everybody”. But now that he is gone and we have our own broods we can’t stop talking about him.

  3. Heather Williams says:

    This dad gave valid reasons as to why he restricted his children from certain activities. These restrictions are very similar to the rules I grew up with and seeing a parent’s perspective about these rules has helped me appreciate them. As I was growing up, I didn’t think about how helpful they would be for me in the future. Now that I am an adult and have looked back at the importance of these rules, I see that they were enforced to protect me and help guide me in the right direction. I am very appreciative that my parents limited certain activities in my life because it has taught me important life lessons. Having to complete chores all throughout my childhood has taught me the significance of responsibility. Not being able to hang out with friends until I was a certain age or having to wait to sign up for social media sites has taught me to be patient. If I am patient enough then I will be rewarded in the long run for my efforts. A strict bedtime helped me get the 9 hours of sleep I needed for my growing body and having only one TV in the house, which was located in the living room, made me focus on school work and helped my parents manage the shows I watched.

  4. Joe says:

    Sounds like you’re actually parenting your children……..great job in my opinion!

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