10 Things That Will Make You a Great Father

Toni Koraza

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If you’re a father, you know that being involved in your child’s life is a privilege you can’t take for granted. 

Luckily, you can make a big difference in how you feel about yourself and the world around you. How you spend your time with your children tells your children how much you care about them and what you want them to accomplish in the future.

Besides time and effort, your sense of aim and personal relationships play a significant role in raising your children.

Parenting is a tango, one you can hardly dance without the mother.

1. Respect and care for the mother

Don’t let your personal relationship with your wife complicate taint your fatherhood. If you have children, it’s essential that you respect your children’s mother and that you show her that you care for her as much as you do for your children.

2. Listen first, and then talk

As a father, it is crucial that you spend time with your children and speak to them about the things that matter to them, even if it is just a question of “can you help me with this or that” or “how can I help you with that?” and “Yeah, tell me all about Elsa and the world of Frozen?” 

Listen to your kid like they’re a peer.

3. Provide love, structure, and discipline

Discipline your children in a way that shows respect, dignity, and respect for other people’s rights and beliefs. Express yourself calmly and reasonably, not in a yelling, shouting, or screaming way. Teach your kids to treat others the same way they want to be treated themselves.

4. Become a role model

Fathers are essential in the lives of boys and girls around the world. You can be a role model for your kid. 

Parents are the best role model for children. Our children are at the center of our lives. So, if they’re going to learn from a parent, they have to see somebody who will support them and give them direction on how to be successful and provide them with a sense of security. 

The best way to do that is to have a parent who has a passion for their child. And good parents have a passion for their children. Direct your passion for becoming someone your kid will be proud to look up to one day.

5. You’re the teacher

Good fathers help children learn life’s most crucial lessons. 

Show your kids how they can be involved in their own education and well-being. Teach your children the difference between right and wrong. 

A good parent is very familiar with her child and will know what to say to help the child make the right decisions. This is not the case with all parents. Sometimes, the parents will be afraid to say the things they think are appropriate because they don’t want to upset their child. This is a common reason for “bad parenting” (parenting that is not compatible with the child’s needs). You should always listen to your child when they are speaking, even if you do not agree with the ideas they are expressing. 

To help you better understand how your child is thinking, engage with your kids in classical board games and outdoor activities.

6. Eat together with your family

Meals are a great way to bond with your kids and build your relationship.

Breakfast is an excellent time for fathers to get to know their children and talk about what they are up to in the day. Lunch and dinners are better for more in-depth conversations and more complex topics. Engage your child, ask questions, and participate in getting to know them.

Your kids will appreciate the time they spend with you.

7. Read To your children

As a father, you must take time out from your daily routine to read to your children and encourage them to read. 

You can also plan to sit together on the couch with your kids and read together. Reading is a great way to bond with your kids and build your relationship. The kids are going to love the books. They’ll love going to bed and falling asleep to the sound of your words. They’ll love the stories you’ll tell them. You’ll love the stories they’ll let you know. You’ll love the memories you’ll make. You’ll love each other. 

Trust me. It’s going to be fun. 

8. Never Fail to Show Affection

Parents should hug their children every day, even if it is just for a few seconds. Let your kids know they’re loved and cared for, and help them feel safe.

Fathers are central people in their children's lives, and they are often the ones who inspire their children’s dreams and aspirations. 

9. Teach your kids about finances

Many fathers say they wish their kids to know more about money because formal education fails to teach people about finances.

As a father, you might not need to teach your toddler about stocks, mortgages, and debt, but you can teach them about money from a very early age. Teach young children about finances, and then remind them that we all need to take care of our money.

10. Have faith in your kids

Your job as a father is never done. But you have to learn to let go and trust your children. You can only do so much past a certain point, and as important boundaries and hard-lessons are for the future of your children, so is the freedom for them to explore the world. You can’t always be with them, and you have to learn to trust in your children. You have to learn to trust yourself and that you’re doing a good job.

Every father can learn how to support their children. 

You can be a role model your children need for happy and fulfilled lives.

I hope this post inspires you to be an excellent father. 

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