20 Ways to Be an Amazing Dad

17. Create New Moments for Making Wishes
Next time your child gets a piece of pie, have him cut off the tip of the slice and set it aside. Explain that by eating the "first bite" last, he will create a shift in the time-space continuum creating a magical vortex that will allow him to make a single wish.

18. At Bath Time, Send Your Kid a Magical Mirror Message
Dampen the corner of a bar of soap, then write on the bathroom mirror. As steam fills the bathroom during your child's hot bath, your message will appear in the glass.

19. Tell an Ad-Lib Story
Create original tales by stopping midsentence so your kid can fill in the blanks. With a little practice she'll begin to anticipate the stops, and you'll see patterns in her thought process and alter plots accordingly. You'll never know exactly what to expect with an ad-lib story, but you can usually expect something wonderful.

20. Share an "I Love You" in a Special Way
Squeeze It Out: Squeeze your child's hand three times (one squeeze for each word). Your child can return the thought with four squeezes (I love you, too!).

Sound It Out: Share the three words with any noise in a series of three. (Three honks of the horn, three pounds of the glove, three taps of the spoon as you stir your morning coffee.)

Get It Out: The words are in your heart. Get them out so your child gets the message. Go with the strongest method of all: look in your child's eyes and simply say, "I love you."

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