We celebrate the parents every day for the amazing job they do in raising future leaders and positive change-bringers. Fathers would always hold a special place in our hearts and we have to hold them dearly at every given opportunity.
Being a great father has its own learning process so we curated some helpful tips on how you can be a more supportive and a better father to your child/children. You can find them below;
- Spend time with your child. How a father spends his time reveals to his child what is important to him. Kids grow up quickly and the time to bond is now. There are plenty of fun ways to spend family time with children.
- Discipline with love and positive parenting. All children need positive guidance and discipline, not as punishment, but to set reasonable limits. Dads should remind children of the consequences of their actions and positively acknowledge desirable behavior. Fathers who discipline in a calm and fair manner show love for their children.
- Be your child’s role model. Whether they realize it or not, fathers are role models to their children. A girl who spends time with a loving father grows up knowing she deserves to be treated with respect by boys and she learns what to look for in a partner. Fathers teach boys and girls what is important in life by demonstrating honesty, humility, and responsibility.
- Earn the right to be heard. Fathers should begin conversations with their children about important topics when they are very young so that difficult subjects will be easier to handle as they get older. Take time for listening to your child’s ideas and problems.
- Be your child’s teacher. To be a good father, teach your children about right and wrong and encourage them to do their best. See that your children make good choices. Involved fathers use everyday examples to help children learn the basic lessons of life.
- Eat together as a family. An important part of healthy family life is bonding through family meals. It gives kids the chance to talk about what they are doing and want to do. It is also a good time for fathers to listen and be involved. It provides a structure for families to be together each day.
- Read to your children: In a modern world dominated by television and the internet, it is important that fathers make the effort to read to their children in order to grow lifelong readers. Begin reading when they are very young and as they get older, encourage them to read on their own. Instilling a love of reading is one of the best ways to ensure children will have a lifetime of literacy and personal and career growth.
- Respect the other parent of your child. When children see their parents respecting each other, they are more likely to feel that they are also accepted and respected. Seeing adults in the home treat one another with respect and handle challenges with an attitude of cooperation and empathy also teaches positive relationship building.
- Seek involvement early. Show interest early by understanding a father’s role during pregnancy or the adoption or surrogacy process and gently touch, play, hold and talk to your infant child. When fathers are involved, they send the clear and emphatic message: “I want to be your father. I am interested in you and we have a relationship that is important to me.”
- Show affection: Children need the security that comes from knowing they are wanted, accepted, and loved by their family. Showing affection every day is the best way to let your children know that you love them. So, give them a hug before you leave for work, write a quick note to pack with their lunch, and tell them you love them on a regular basis.
- Understand that a father’s job is never done: Even after children are grown and leave home, they still look to their fathers for wisdom and advice. Fatherhood journey lasts a lifetime.Dads play an important role in their children’s lives, this much is clear. Involved fathers, stepdads, and father figures help their children of any age learn to successfully navigate the world and live happier lives. If you want to explore your options for additional support, check out our Parenting Workshops or contact our friendly staff to discuss your needs.
Even though Father’s Day has come and gone, a father’s impact is for a lifetime. Let’s celebrate Dads of all types every day!