It's easy to feel like the small things every day don't really matter but at Otter Pass, we believe that good dads are critically important to changing the world. We get that it's a bit of a stretch to say that, so we're using the story of some elephants to show the difference good dads make every day in the world around them.
It's the tension every parent faces: Are we doing enough to help our kids develop their passions and gain the skills they need to succeed in their lives? And, on the flip side, are we doing too much? Are we pushing them too hard and wearing them out? Are we overscheduling their lives?
It’s hard not to feel guilty as summer ends—especially when I see other people’s European vacations, beach trips, or Disney adventures. I start feeling like I didn’t do enough, I didn’t make enough memories, I somehow scarred my kids, our vacations weren’t good enough, etc. But I've learned it is only when I compare myself to other people that I sometimes feel like a failure; when I make my summer about my kids, I can see that it was full of joy and good things.
Are your kids spending too much time on their screens? How can you tell? Too much screen time has been proven to lead to depression and anxiety in kids. Assess your kids' addiction level and get some tips for how to manage kids without screens during the long hot days of summer.