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Some ways to be a better dad

April 9, 2015

During Child Abuse Prevention Month, it’s important to remember that fathers play crucial roles in their children’s lives. You contribute to their happiness, health and success – in school and in life. Here are a few tips on being a better dad:

  • Respect your children’s mother. Children reflect what they see and if they see love and respect, they will mirror the behavior.
  • Spend time with your children. Good lessons on what not to do in “Cat’s in the Cradle,” by Harry Chapin.
  • Earn the right to be heard. Start talking with your kids when they are young. Listen to them, too.
  • Discipline with love. Children need guidance and discipline, but show it through love – calm, fair and nonviolent.
  • Be a role model. Treat your children with respect and reflect honesty, humility and responsibility.
  • Be a teacher. Encourage and support good choices. Gently guide children through bad choices.
  • Show affection. Children need the security of knowing they are wanted, accepted and loved. Show it every day.
  • Realize the father’s job is never done. Even after your children leave home, they will look to you for wisdom and advice. Be there for them.