We know that being an effective father has a profound impact on kids, so what does it take to be a great dad?
Here’s a snapshot of Professor Bruce Robinson’s (director of the Fathering Project) top tips.
One of the simplest and most powerful strategies are one on one dad dates with one child at a time. But don’t fall into the trap of using it as an opportunity to have a deep and meaningful conversation.
Travel together, be away together and be intentional about spending this time together.
Often men use work as an excuse for not spending time with their children. It is possible to be creative about making time, such as coming home and having dinner with the family with the TV off.
It may be their personality, their talents, the way they show kindness or interesting things they have done – make it a priority to understand what it is about each child that is unique.
Avoid being the plumber or the policeman. The plumber fixes things – you don’t always need to do that. The policeman makes judgements and arrests – avoid being judgemental and critical.
Be specific with your children about values like trust, honesty, integrity, respect, racism and generosity to the poor.
Critical to kids’ attitude to education is your attitude to their school and teachers. Praise the teachers in front of your children rather than criticise them.
The number one factor that determines the level of confidence a woman carries into adulthood is the relationship she had with her father. Girls are in tune to what their father or father figure thinks of them and it’s vital not to overlook this.
Read more of Professor Robinson’s tips for being a great father figure.
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