How to be a good father – advice from mom

Compiled by Rita Lessard

Happy Father’s Day to all the fathers out there, especially to Tom and my sons Tom, Glen, Mike and Bill.

Fathers: Don’t wait until you’re a grandfather to enjoy children. Wake up and smell the diaper and change it! Make changes in your life early. You’ll never regret it.

Mothers: Don’t ever say, “Wait until your father gets home.” My mother always said that and I grew to fear my father. My father died when I was 13 and I never did get to know the true man.

Respect your child, listen to your child, and discipline your child. Explain to your child why you want them to do certain things and don’t say, “Because I said so.”

Pet Peeves

People who don’t use the left turning lane when they want to turn left. Instead they stay in the driving lane and hold up traffic.
– Deb McNair

Pet owners who don’t clean up after their dogs.
– Alice McNair

People who drive behind you with their high beams on. Try driving behind a cop car doing that and see what happens. I assure you, you’ll get pulled over.
– Anne LeCourtois

Knuckle crackers, nose pickers, and body grabbers (their own, of course). What’s with these ball players always grabbing their crotch and spitting?
– Joan McCullough

Tailgaters-Either pass or back off. If I can see your eye colour you’re way too close!
– Diane Faubert

Service people who chew gum when they are serving you. Food and beverage people are the worst. For heaven’s sake lose the gum. You look like a cow chewing its cud. Not pretty!
– Rita Lessard

Joke of the Week

It was a lovely summer day and my new sister – a five year old from Romania – was helping in the garden. As we worked she practiced her English by heartily singing songs she’s been learning from children’s TV shows.
“You sing wonderfully.” I remarked. “Someday you can sing at my funeral.”
“Sure,” she eagerly replied. “Can I sing, ‘It’s a beautiful day in the neighbourhood?’”
– Josh Siemen, Reader’s Digest

Uses for Vinegar

– Before conditioner, use vinegar and water to rinse your hair.
– Wash your windows with vinegar and water – it’s cheap and streak-free
– You can also keep glassware dishes from streaking by adding 3 tablespoons of vinegar with your detergent. Wash glassware separate from dishes.
– Earl Proulx, Yankee Magazine

Helpful hint

Having a hard time getting a lid off? Try rubber gloves or sandpaper. It works for me.