20 Ways to Be an Amazing Dad

12. Send Your Swimming Child on a "Rocket Launch"
Bend your knees slightly, place your elbows against your waist, and hold your palms upward. Have your child sit on your open hands with his feet on your knees. Thrust your child into the air by straightening your legs and extending your arms in one swift motion. Stand by to help with recovery after splashdown.

DUH (Dad's Useful Hints): You do not have to wait half an hour to swim after launch.

13. Help Your Kid Master Classic Pillow Fight Maneuvers
The Ol' Switcheroo: She holds a pillow in her right hand, waves it flamboyantly, then sneaks in a quick shot with a pillow held in her left hand.

The Cymbal Crash: He takes pillows into both his hands, gets your head in between, then brings the pillows together.

Look Behind You!: She says the words, then whacks you when you look.

14. Astound Your Child with Symphonic "Dinner Bells"
Knot a spoon at the center of a long piece of string or yarn. Wrap the ends of the string around each of your child's index fingers, then place the tip of the index fingers into her ears. Have your child swing the spoon so it strikes the edge of a table or chair. She will hear a beautiful sound like the distant chimes of a church bell.

15. Turn Your Face into a Peanut Gallery
Squeeze the upper half of a peanut shell and a tiny gap will open at the top. Let the gap close and pinch your earlobe so the entire peanut hangs like a dangling earring. Add an earring to the other ear, then continue hanging peanuts on any part of your face you choose. Clip them to your chin, your eyebrows and your nose until you look like a complete nut.

16. Team Up With Your Child to Create a "Daddy Long Legs"
Lie on your back and cover your waist and head with a sheet. Have your son face your feet, sit on your stomach, and straddle your body. When he finds a natural kneeling position, cover his legs with your sheet. From the front view, his little body looks like it has your long legs, especially if you wear similar-colored pants. Have Mom take pictures.

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