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Father & Son
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There are countless blogs, advice columns and support groups on parenting for Mom, but where are the resources for Dad? Brett Cohen, author of Stuff Every Dad Should Know, says, “I think it’s good for dads to talk about these things.” Some fatherly advice:

Bad-grade blues. When seeing an unfavorable grade, it may be difficult for parents to restrain their tempers. “This is an opportunity to be supportive,” Cohen says. “They are feeling as bad as you are. Understand what went wrong and create a plan you can both follow so they can improve next time.”

Rookie driver. “You invest a lot of money into a lot of things throughout your child’s life, and one of the best investments is proper driver education,” Cohen says. “Most likely you don’t know every driving rule, so find a proper instructor.”

Off to college. This one can be tough. “Make sure you find the school that’s right for your child, whether it’s by price, size of classroom or family legacy,” Cohen says. “Take the time to talk to people at the college and high school so you’re well-informed.” And when you drop them off? “It’s a lifetime of building your relationship and knowing you’ve given them proper study habits, interpersonal skills and confidence to make the right judgments.”

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