We dad pass on a lot to our kids, things like the right way to eat buffalo wings, how to fart in public without anyone noticing and modeling how a man should treat women with respect. Here are a dozen healthy habit dads teach their kids throughout childhood to help ensure the next generation is fitter, happier and more productive than the last.

12 Healthy Habits Dads Teach Their Kids

NO QUITTING

Rich Porter: Never, ever f-ing quit. Even when it all sucks and it looks like you’ll never come out on top. You are never out of the fight.

Ty Howlett: Determination and resilience. I’m an amputee and will give anything a try no fear of failure. I want the same for my kids. Every experience is a lesson to learn from. Better to get out there and have a go than sit back and do nothing.

SOCIAL ETIQUETTE

Michael Woodby: Considering other people in public, holding doors, saying thanks, addressing adults as sir and mam, not getting in peoples ways, speaking quietly in restaurants, saying bless you, saying sorry when an apology is deserved etc.

SELFLESSNESS

Ric Gray: Put those in need above ourselves…. these hardships can happen to anyone without warning.

NO SMOKING

Robert VanAntwerp: Don’t smoke! It is a nasty habit. I’ve seen too many of my loved ones suffer from the effects. It is nothing more than a slow suicide.

EXERCISE DAILY

Dusty Foust: Exercise in some way daily even if for only 15-30 min. Being active is good for your heart and mental health.

Philip Schultz: Run outside, play games, do whatever you can to stay active. Never stop just because sports aren’t in season.

FIND A CREATIVE OUTLET

James Mustard: I’d love to help my kids to express themselves through a creative outlet. Finding it is the hard part.

MAKE BETTER BEVERAGE CHOICES

Jonathan Lovato: No soda, it’s already being enforced.

APPRECIATE NATURE

Arne Patrick: Appreciating nature. Need to work on it myself, too.

LEARN TO COOK

Petar Mandić: Pick a excellent grocery and put some time to make a finest and healthy meal. Bonus: Girls love it and your friends love it too.

Chris Dey: Cooking. My 12 yr old son can cook more meals from scratch than 90% of people I know.

WORK ETHIC

Erik McCoy: Work ethic and ambition, I will do everything I can to make sure all four of my kids have it.

BE HAPPY

Kevin Morrissey: Being obnoxiously happy and carefree.

LIVE A METH FREE LIFE

Thanks for the tip, Justin Babbs!

Flickr photo by Chris Yarzab.