Shaun T is letting us get a glimpse of his life as a father of twins.
When he’s not working as one of the most famous fitness trainers out today, or dealing with angry mom organizations for appearing on a magazine with his husband and two kids, Shaun T is dealing with the trials and triumphs of fatherhood.
In his book T Is For Transformation, Shaun T discusses “7 Superpowers” that help him conquer life and fitness. But now that he’s become a father, he’s tweaked that list to practice four “super dad” powers.
Writing for Men’s Health, Shaun T shared that reformatted list and explained how his kids are teaching him every day. The first power on the list is the power of change. The celebrated fitness trainer shares that having kids means adjusting your life around them. Even better, upgrade your life to be the best example you want to present for your children.
“Make your kids part of the best life you want to lead, and they’ll match or beat it when they grow up,” wrote Shaun T. “If I want to be a good dad and husband and keep my work going and still play tennis, I need to be more efficient.”
The second power is to become comfortable and familiar with your close family. You want to anticipate anything that can come your way. From baby drama to checking in with your partner and seeing if they need a break/brief rest from parenthood. All of this is to make the household a more stable and happy place.
These two powers are very similar to advice Shaun T shared with Parents Magazine earlier this year.
“I’ve received two great pieces of advice,” said Shaun. “Scott’s dad told me, ‘You’re not coming into the babies’ world. They’re coming into yours,’ and that made me eager to show them the life we live. The second was from my grandfather, who was married to my grandmother for 56 years. He said, ‘Never go to bed angry,’ and we don’t. The connectedness you feel at the end of the day is the driving force for how you wake up the next day, so every night we fall asleep holding hands.”
Third, you’ve got to know how to live a little. Make sure to leave room for indulging your kids and family. Be careful though, make sure to keep this indulging to a firm 15% of life with kids. Otherwise, you might get done in by those crazy tykes you love.
Lastly, and most importantly, don’t forget to love yourself. Be you even as you morph your kids around your life.
“I don’t coach my sons; I set an example instead,” wrore the creator of the popular Insanity workout. “Scott and I are kind to each other (except sometimes during a 3:00 a.m. crying fit), eat the right foods (except french fries—15 percent fun, remember?), and maintain our exercise habits (no exceptions).”
“We won’t have to nag and harass our kids, because they’re watching us do it right most of the time. And that’s the best inheritance a kid can have.”
Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there trying to raise their kids right. We hope these tips provided by the T25 man himself will help you to be the great dad you, and we, know you can be.
Source: Men’s Health