This isn't a blog about fitness or exercise but it's about exercising the need to become involved with your kids when they begin to see there's more out there than the immediate family.
Recently, I was asked, "What should I do? My 10 year old daughter is becoming extremely interested in boys".
Let her know that you don't want her to be focused on things she's not ready for. Encourage her to be patient and enjoy the "now" and not get ahead of herself. (Those are emotional feelings and while kids that age and older like the feeling, they don't understand the responsibility that goes along with having a boyfriend.)
And then fill the void she's feeling in her life.
I didn't do as good with my first two daughters. And, I learned to approach things differently with my next two girls. I learned from my own mistakes.
I learned to be more involved.
A Few Suggestions:
take them to lunch
go lay on their bed and be a nuisance
play innocent tricks on them
play games with them
watch movies with them
volunteer at their activities
It's never too late to become involved. We tend to think that by the time they're heading into their teens, it's "coasting and cruising" time. But, that's really when our kids needs us dads (and moms) the most.
It will pay great dividends.
Are you up for it?