"Why don't you go shake the money tree in the backyard and see what falls off?" is one of the zingers that Richard Greenberg, author and father of four, remembers his own dad dispensing back in the day.
Greenberg, who tweets under the handle @CommonSenseDad, has collected his parental experiences and impressions into a book, "Raising Children Other People Like to Be Around."
With Father's Day approaching, he spoke to Newsmax TV's "Midpoint" host Ed Berliner on Friday about keeping parental expectations, in Greenberg's words, "very local" for the child who will hopefully mature into a decent adult.
"So you have basic expectations of basic values," said Greenberg, citing truthfulness, respectfulness and a sense of responsbility as core values, along with one other:
"You want to teach them to be grateful and happy, and pleased with what surrounds them in their lives," he said. "And if you can give them that foundation, then what's going on in the world doesn't shake them up so much."
"Be present," he also said. "Be in your kids' lives."
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