Top 10 Pearls of Wisdom from the World’s Oldest Dad

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Happy Father’s Day!

This year for Father’s Day, we hosted Israel Kristal, the world’s oldest living man, who live-tweeted fatherly advice from the @MyHeritage Twitter account.

Israel, who will be 113 in September, currently holds the title of the world’s oldest man, making him also the world’s oldest father. We couldn’t have chosen a more experienced person to dispense sage wisdom.

Here are the top 10 pearls of wisdom he shared with us:

1.”Set aside special time for your kids weekly, with no distractions. You won’t regret it! When I was younger, I would work very long days at my confectionary business. I always made sure to keep the weekends free for my children.”

2. “No matter how rich you are, going to work every day teaches your children a strong work ethic. If you go every day to a job that you love, then you’ll find happiness, even if it’s hard.”

3. “Be a role model for your children by showing respect to others and your surroundings. Teach them to do everything in the best way possible, and to give it their all.”

4. “Understand that no matter what example you lead for them, your children will make their own decisions in life. Let them take responsibility for their own decisions and actions. It’s part of growing up.”

5. “You don’t have to be loud to be heard by your children. There is power in silence. When children have understood what they’ve done wrong, that’s usually halfway towards the solution.”

6. “Let your kids make mistakes. Warn them about the difficulties, but let them learn for themselves. Don’t scare them too much about what could be. Instill confidence in them.”

7. “Share your favorite things with your kids. I love fishing and I hope that I’ve passed that on to my children.”

8. “The most important things I taught my children were to be stand-up human beings, to be sensitive to others, and to never lose hope.”

9. “Teach your children about their family, so they’ll appreciate where they’re from. When the children were young, my wife would tell them bedtime stories about different family members.”

10. “Regrets? I don’t have any regrets in life. Maybe just not spending even more time with my family. Take advantage of every moment!”

What’s your favorite piece of fatherly advice?

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  • Marilyn Virella


    June 23, 2016

    So refreshing to see someone held onto their traditional beliefs and kept the teachings going. The youth of today have hardly any guidance and love, so they are lost and floundering. I totally respect Mr. Kristal and commend him for his sharing of wisdom. Keep up the good work, you will be immortal. Thank you for sharing.

  • Deb Lindsley


    June 27, 2016

    My father was an alcoholic and not nice. My mother fortunately divorced him when I was 3 or 4, and thereafter we lived a nice, quiet calm life. My mother worked long hours, but somehow succeeded in following Mr. Kristal’s “Pearls of Wisdom” with her four children. Perhaps she knew Mr. Kristal! Apparently they were cut from the same cloth. She was mom and dad rolled into one and I will never stop appreciating and loving her. Happy Father’s Day Mom (Beverly Hope Scobell Eagan-Owens) and Mr. Israel Kristal! You are both very special in my heart!

  • Carlyn Van Mil


    June 30, 2016

    Thankyou so much for sharing. Sometimes, in this modern day and age, people want to control everything and everybody. These people do not want to share their info, their money, their knowledge. Everything and everybody has to run to them for advise. Thankyou for being so very generous to give out to the broader world, like us on this site, your pearls.

  • Ken Collis


    August 4, 2016

    Interesting (but not surprising) that every one of Mr Kristal’s pearls of wisdom relates to family. That’s what its all about. Not money. Not career. Not ego. Just family.

    • Esther


      August 4, 2016

      Couldn’t agree more Ken!

      Esther / MyHeritage Team

  • Kathleen McMorran


    August 4, 2016

    Collis is an unusual name. Wondered , Ken, if you have relatives in Manchester, England, or relatives called Beggs in Ireland?

  • Kathleen Wells


    August 4, 2016

    How wonderful to have such sensible, sane, “apt” advice from someone who has seen SO much life!!

  • Theodore


    August 4, 2016

    Excellent ten points of counsel. Thank you, sir. “When children have understood what they’ve done wrong, that’s usually halfway towards the solution.” Very good insight. Thanks.

  • Vivek Kapoor


    August 4, 2016

    I am leaving my heartiest wishes on his 113th birthday

  • Jacob Padilla


    August 5, 2016

    Making he right choices is instilled in youth by the good experiences.
    Only a good environment can accomplish that.
    Unfortunately it is not a choice to the unfortunate.

    So gust talking or writing about it is not enough !
    The fortunate need to share by reaching out.

    Jacob P.

  • Dot Thompson


    August 8, 2016

    Thanks Mr. Kristol, you sound like my father. If he was living he would be 120 years old this past June. I agree with you.

  • Noreen Mackay


    August 9, 2016

    Thanks Mr Kristal for sharing your life & the wisdom ini it & at this stage we don’t see much around in this generation. You are an a fine
    example. Trust after seeing this there would be much improvement
    In this generation to come, thanks once again and a very happy
    Father’s Day & all the very best.

  • Noreen Mackay


    August 10, 2016

    Wishing you a very happy 113th Birthday & the very best on your birthday & always with God’s love & blessings, bestowed on
    you from Our Heavenly Father Creator of Heaven & Earth & Mankind.
    Have a lovely time with family & friends on your special day
    Proverbs: chapter 10: Verse 1 A Wise Man makes a glad Father.
    Proverbs 3: Verse 13 Happy is the man who finds wisdom & a man who gains understanding. Best wishes. Noreen Mackkkay & family.

  • Alana Ramsey


    August 11, 2016

    November 3/2015 I lost the love of my life my boyfriend’s name is Jerry I have to admit you look a lot like Jerry he was 85 years old

  • Alana Ramsey


    August 11, 2016

    Mr. Israel Kristal the resemblance is surprising how much they look alike Jerry was 85 when passed last year