Being a father is a beautiful thing, at times stressful, sometimes fun, full of responsibilities and at times tough. A father plays a significant role in the development of a child’s personality. Raising a child is an equal responsibility of both mother and father. Do not become absent once they hit teenage.
Not all father’s earn respect. It may be due to the distance they maintain with their children, do not get involved in their day-to-day activities or do not show affection. Here are a few tips on becoming a good father.
Respect your child’s mother: A dad’s loving hand is a powerful shield for a child. A dad’s love instills confidence, gives them the courage to face the world, and makes one emotionally healthy. How good a dad, are you, depends on how you treat your wife (your child’s mom). A mother is a child’s first and last love. A child observes everything around them, including the behaviors of their parents and gradually imbibes the same qualities as parents.
Disrespecting your child’s mother means losing the love and respect for yourself. This is one of the first pre-requisites to becoming a good dad.
Spend time with your child: nothing is more valuable in this world than time. A child feels wanted when her/his dad listens to them, understands their problem and tries to share to solve them.
Show affection: Most dads are not used to showing love towards their child once they grow up. Showing affection is the best way to tell them you care for them and are always there when they need you.
Do not be a disciplinarian: You don’t always have to be stern to make your child understand the value of discipline in life. Whether it is about inculcating good habits, teaching how to prioritize things in life, there is and should not be a place for fear. It has a negative impact on the personality of a child.
Respect is a two-way thing: If you want to earn respect, you have to show respect. Respect comes first in any relationship, even with a child. Show regard for a child’s feelings, the things they care for, their friends, their passion, and their dreams. If you try and take it too lightly, they will treat you the same way.
I am not a parent, but I know what it takes to raise a good child and what it takes to become a good dad. Just be part of the child’s growing process – their dreams, their hobbies, their friends, their passions, and in the smallest of activities. Be as involved as possible. If you stay away from these, a day will come when your child will not want to wish you Happy father’s Day. I am sure you don’t want such a day. Becoming a good dad requires too much effort, but this effort is worth every moment—Happy Fathers Day to all the Dads.