How To Be A Great Dad
Any man can be a father, but it takes an exceptional man to be a dad. Being involved in a child?s life make a big difference in his/her life. Here are ten tips for all you dads.
You are your child?s most important teacher- Your child?s informal education is just as valuable as his/her formal education. Teach your child core life values.
Be affectionate. Some dads do not show affection because they do not know how to or they think that it is not a masculine thing to do. However, by showing your child affection, you are helping your child to be more loving and be comfortable with expressing his/her emotions.
Spend valuable time with your children. Bond with your child in a way that is special to both of you. If you love sports, but your son doesn?t, find a hobby or task that you can do together.
Be clear and consistent with your rules. Respect and make an agreement about rules with your child?s mother and follow them. Once your child realizes that you will not follow through with your discipline, he/she will regard your rules as insignificant.
Discipline with love. Many dads see themselves as the disciplinarian. This doesn?t mean that you raise your child with an authoritarian attitude. Let your child understand the consequences of breaking the rules.
Be a positive role model. Be the kind of man you want your son to grow up to be and the kind of man you want your daughter to marry.
Respect your children's mother- Even if you are no longer with your child?s mother, be respectful of your child?s mother and ask for her to grant you the same kind of respect.
Be involved in your child?s life. Make the time to participate in your child?s school or extracurricular activities.
Know your child. Do you know your child?s favorite book, song, color, food, toy, subject in school, teacher, sport, television show, friend, etc?
Listen to your child. Strengthen your relationship with your child be listening instead of trying to fix the problem. Sometimes children just want to talk to sort the situation out aloud, not for you to jump in and solve it for them. Ask your child if he/she wants your advice or opinion before offering it.
About the Author: Marie Magdala Roker is a Personal Development Coach with Smart Bee Coaching LLC. Her site Successful Child.com strives to provide valuable resources so parents can play an important role in the personal growth and development needs of their children. Visit her online at http://www.successfulchild.com