Location: Halstead, Kansas, United States

This is my seventh year at Halstead which is also where I live with my wife and my soon to be two year old daughter.

Thursday, October 14, 2004


In case you did not know my first child was born this week. I am looking for the best advice you can give me on raising my little girl to be successful in whatever she chooses to do. So here is the deal:

Three Extra Credit points if you give me your best piece of advice. It can be parenting advice, philosophical advice, something you have noticed or anything else that will help me with my daughter. Make it good because Lindsey's future life rests on your advice!


Blogger Ashley S. said...

In order to be a good father, you have to have patience. My dad has never gotten really mad at me. He lets me explain why I did something before he gets mad, and that is why we have a really strong relationship.

9:20 AM  
Blogger Corey Wells said...

Here is some of the best advice i can give you from personal experience. Be there for your youngin no matter what, don't let even the smallest issue go unnoticed, especially when she is young and impressionable. If you let little things go by, she will start to think that you dont care about her, and i believe that is the last thing you want. Another thing, allow her to be herself, don't try to rectify the things you may have missed out on in your day. For example, to my dad, it is a very important deal that i play football, and he cant seem to understand that i just dont want to play the game, and so that pushes our relationship as a father-son away. These are just a few of my opinions, hope i helped!!! Congrats again!!!

7:56 PM  
Blogger Doc said...

well first off you have to tell her about Patrick Gerstner and how he is the coolest kid in the entire world! Then you have to be all like... teach her how to read at the age of 4, do not worry it can be done. Then she can totally get grades at an early age and be uber smart! Well im out, and as they say on ragnarok online

GRATZ LOLZ!!11oneonelolz GOOD JOB!

7:58 PM  
Blogger lelah said...

The best advice I could give you would be to have patience. Remember what it was like for you growing up, and that all kids make mistakes thats how they learn. i'm sure you will have no problems and your daughter will love you lots! Congrads, she's a cutie!!

7:42 PM  
Blogger Carla said...

Ok, in order for the little cutie to be successful she needs a little brother or sister she can look out for. Having another sibling helps develope skills like negotiating and how to be responsible and how to be a good leader and role model. And it would just look cute if you had two little Warsnaks hanging around you.

8:11 PM  
Blogger Kacy Sue said...

i think the best advice i could give u for lindsey is like other say is to be paicent with her. and i agree with Carla with the whole sibling thing. i would not change having younger bros for ANYTHING even though they are a PAIN like ALL THE TIME. they have tought me a lot. another thing is to always show lindsey that u love her. it helps to knoe that your parents love you. even just by saying love ya or just by a hug it helps! well Congrads! hope u get some good info from this.

9:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

emily here.... the best advice that i can to u as a parent would have to be...always be willing to listen to her problems and try to work them out. dont just jump the gun and get all mad at her 'cuz u may not know all of the details to the story. so be able to listen to her side of the story and just want u think happened!

7:18 AM  
Blogger John said...

I think my advice is worth far more than a mere three points.

4:11 PM  
Blogger Mr. Warsnak said...

C'mon John this is for the future of my daughter. Give me you wisdom.

7:09 PM  
Blogger Naena said...

i think some of the best advice i cxan give you is always be there for her...when she has a problem help her and spend as much time as you can with her... i never really had alot of time with my dad and that has created problems for us... so just spend time with her and liek the others said..PATICENCE!* that how you spellit?* oh well...congrats!

7:37 PM  
Blogger John said...

I think you proved my point for me Warsnak. This is your first and so far, only child we are talking about. Would'nt you want to be giving as much as you could to gain the best wisdom? I'm not talking about a few more credit points. How much money do you have?

10:04 PM  
Blogger Mr. Warsnak said...

I am a teacher with a newborn daughter. I think it is pretty obvious that I do not have a lot of money. I do know however that I will teach my duaghter that she should never negotiate on her values, no matter the cost :)

10:21 PM  
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10:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is Megan H. but I don't have a login name and I am computer illiterate and don't know how to get one, so here it goes. I'm not really sure if this is for you or Mrs Warsnak or both, but my mom says that when I was a baby she would wake me up everytime it was time for me too eat. She would feed me no matter if I was or awake or if she had to wake me up to feed me. I slept through the night by the time I was just about a month old. I guess that this is more for your sanity and ours as you will proabably not get much sleep while Lindsey is a baby. That is all I've got.

10:15 PM  
Blogger Krista said...

I think that the best piece of advice I can give is to be willing to talk about anything with you kid. I now that requires her ability to speak, but no matter tell her that no matter how wierd the subject may be, your willing to talk about it. I know that I can talk to my mom about anything, and that she'll tell me the truth no matter how painful. Also, create a common interest to take part in together. For me and my dad it's music, tv shows, and movies. We love taking part in any of these activities together, but don't force her into anything. Let her decide her own personality and interests, but you can still give her guidance along the way. Congarulations! She's really cute.

9:38 PM  
Blogger Eileen said...

First of all, I just want to start off by saying Congratulations Mr.Warsnack, I think you will make a wonderful father. The advice I have to give you is to listen to her, love her with all your heart, spend as much time as you possible can with her, let her know you love her each and every day, find something that interests both of you and do it together, let her do the things that she likes to do not what you like to do, encourage her, talk to her, teach her things, give her advice and if you have to, let her make mistakes and figure things out for herself because she will only learn and grow stronger from them.

11:01 PM  
Blogger Trent V. said...

Tell her that she is the second most important thing in the world to ... but also tell her that she should always be the third most important person to herself. Tell her that God always comes first, and then she should put others in front of herself.
I know this advice won't help you much in these first few years of late nights waking up to cries, or diapers (sp), but it will do wonders for your sleeping habits on those late nights when she's out with her friends or begins her own life.

If you want, could you send those three extra credit points to my General Psychology Prof? I could use them. Catch you later.

10:54 PM  
Blogger chris f. said...

What I have seen and learned that I would like to share is no matter how little they are they can get into things. They can roll, crawl into things. They put everything in their mouth no matter what or how disgusting you might think it is, so HIDE everything under lock and key. Of and from my own experience a LOCKED DOOR is NOT locked by any means. So pad locks multiple pad locks is good. Oh and if you have animals their food becomes your childs favorite food group and of course this goes with it ... the pet is their favorite toy. So good luck!!

6:54 PM  

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