With Father's Day approaching, I thought it would be nice to focus on Dad's role in the family. Dad's are important and children need them to validate their self-worth. Validation is like a stamp of approval. It tells the child that he/she is loved and accepted just as they are. It sends the message that they are a valued and important part of the family. Validation comes from words but it is also important to validate your child with actions. Show your child you enjoy spending time with him/her. Dads who stay engaged in the child's life (regardless of their marital status to the child's mom) make the child feel they are important and worthy of dad's attention.
Communication is key! Talk to them everyday but more importantly LISTEN to them. Make affection the rule not the exception. Be intentional about role modeling because after all the home is the child's primary source for learning about life. Kids will pay close attention and they will imitate what they see.
All parenting styles are different but one of the most valuable contributions a dad can make is to simply "be there" and be involved in their lives. A dad's presence provides kids with a greater sense of security than almost any other quality a father can offer.
Happy Father's Day!
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