For example, when we were kids, if one of us got hurt, bumped our head or had a tooth ache, he'd say, "Come here so I can step on your toe."
You might think that sounds cruel, and to whiney kids, it wasn't the response we were looking for. But I think back and I can't miss the lesson he was teaching us, beside the obvious, "Don't be a whiner." If it even takes one time for him to step on toes, most kids know one pain doesn't make another pain go away. You just end up with two pains.
And there are times I look back at the choices I've made and the situations I've been in and I can honestly say, it's better to sit with one pain than to end up with two.
So, thanks, Dad! You had your moments of brilliance.
Oh, and I have been enjoying teaching this lesson to my son. Luckily he catches on quickly.