Make sure you kiss your child goodnight or he will remind you, irrespective of what you are doing. It could be very costly!

When you tuck your Toddler in at night, always kiss him ‘good night’, and when you go and greet him the next day, kiss him ‘good morning’ as well. If you do this from birth, it will become second nature to you both. It is yet another little brick in the castle of emotional ties that you are building up with your child, which will stay with both of you for the rest of your lives. Even if your child is asleep when you do this, subconsciously he will know and sense you have done it. It will also allow you both to close off the old day, and start an exciting new one together, the next morning.

This habit will last all the way through to adulthood, and if you happen to forget one night, you can be sure your child will remind you. I once had an embarrassing episode with my daughter, while I was taking an evening phone call from a potential new employer. I had answered the call before I had kissed her goodnight. She was 3 years old at the time.

I was downstairs trying to sell myself for this particular new job that I wanted and she was standing at the gate to her bedroom shouting “kiss me goodnight Daddy”. I could hear her very clearly, but was trying to remain focussed on the call. Eventually having been distracted for about 15 minutes, the call was about to end and the person interviewing me said “next time you should say goodnight to your child before you do a phone call like this”. I was shocked as I thought she couldn’t hear my Toddler. I then stumbled out some lame excuse, about why I hadn’t said goodnight to my daughter yet, before saying goodbye to my interviewer. I didn’t get the job by the way, so be warned…..

This and many more anecdotes and tips are in my Book Help I’m a Father, by Mark Hearn, which is available through Amazon

Don’t forget to kiss your child goodnight when you put them to bed!

Don’t forget to kiss your child goodnight every night, otherwise it could be very costly, as I once found out. I had been to two interviews with a potential new employer, and was waiting for a phone call from the company to offer me the job. It was agreed that I would be called that evening.

I had just put my 3 year old child to bed when the phone rang. I rushed downstairs and grabbed the phone without thinking. I was so keen to be offered a new position. I picked up the phone and started speaking with the interviewer. After a couple of minutes, and when our conversation was in full flow, I heard “kiss me goodnight Daddy” being shouted out by my young child. It’s amazing how loud a child’s voice can be when they want something!

I tried to remain focussed on the call and continue ‘as normal’. Eventually after about 15 minutes of being distracted, (I thought the person on the other end of the phone couldn’t hear the shouting), the call was about to end. The person interviewing me said, “next time you should say goodnight to your child before you do a phone call like this”. I was shocked, and stumbled out some lame excuse, before saying goodbye to my interviewer.

I didn’t get the job, needless to say, so be warned!