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Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Discovering How to Be a Better Parent

Tony Tone
Tony Tone has worked as a radio personality in Muscatine and the Quad Cities since 2006. He currently serves as Muscatine Community School District Communication and Community Outreach Director and writes Talk of the Town with Tony Tone for the Discover Muscatine newspaper.

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Admittedly, I need to be a better parent to my three children. I’m big of enough person to make that admission and to start making changes immediately.

I get home from working all day and I just want to unplug, but I know I shouldn’t. You probably know the feeling of being ‘on’ all day at work. The moment you walk in the door of your own home, the stress of the day lifts. My kids are seven years, four years, and nine months. They’re ‘on’ switch is flipped from 6:00 am until the finally fall asleep (hopefully) around 8:00 pm (ish). They’re excited to see me when I get home, and that feeling is something special. I just need to return the same feeling to them because ultimately, they’re the only thing that matters (plus my wife, naturally). That’s why we all wake up in the morning and go to work (unless you’re retired which I’m jealous of) — to ensure that we can take care of the people that matter most to us.

So, what can I do to summon the energy I use all day at work for when I walk in the door at home? Should I start blasting music in my vehicle from the parking lot at work until I turn into my driveway? Maybe grab a Starbucks drink to recharge the batteries before putting my ‘dad hat’ back on?

I should just ask my wife, Kasey, because she’s the best at not showing signs of a long day. That woman is incredible and practically sprints through the door and becomes Super Mom. And no, I’m not just saying that to get ‘out of the doghouse’ or anything like that.

Here’s what I know–time is not doing me any favors. I feel like I’ve blinked, and my oldest son went from learning to crawl, to reading every book he can get his hands on, and starting to ask us deep questions. This doesn’t feel like a go to the Musser Public Library and pick-up a “Parenting 101” book. If anything, I’ve successful completed that chapter in life and I’m several chapters ahead.

What advice do you have for me? What worked with your own children or grandchildren even? [email protected] is my personal email address, and I would appreciate the feedback. Or, the next time you’re at Hy-Vee, look for me and share your secrets to parenting success.

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