When I talk to parents about how to communicate with their teenagers, one of the crucial points I bring up is the "spend time doing things your kids like to do" point.
Four years ago, my 3 year old was just learning how to talk. Mom went away for three weeks to handle our adoption process in Rwanda, and I was left at home to figure out how she ran the house. First, let me say, Moms, YOU ARE THE HEROES. I don't care what Republicans or Democrats want to argue about on the hill, Being a mom is one of the toughest jobs in the world.
So, there I was staring into the face of a 3 year old who really didn't have anything he LOVED to do, and I had a TON of work mounting up with due dates and deadlines.
I did what any normal father who grew up in the 80's would do, I put in the Star Wars DVD, sat him in his chair, and left the room to get something done.
After the first episode was over, he was reeling to watch more, so for the next 3 weeks, we became Star Wars Addicts.
At three years old, Dax could name all the characters, give plot lines, and predict what was going to happen in upcoming episodes George Lucas hadn't even thought of yet.
So to this day, I have a little Star Wars lover in the house. And every May 4th, we greet each other at the breakfast table...May the 4th Be With You.
Here's to you D-Man!