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Ways to Be a Better Dad

Fathers who spend time with their children increase the chances that their children will succeed in school, have fewer behavior problems, and experience better self-esteem and well-being.

Respect your children’s mother

When children see their parents respecting each other, they are more likely to feel that they are also accepted and respected.

Spend time with your children

If you always seem too busy for your children, they will feel neglected no matter what you say.

Earn the right to be heard

Begin talking to your kids when they are very young and talk to them about all kinds of things. Listen to their ideas and problems.

Discipline with love

All children need guidance and discipline, not as punishment, but to set reasonable limits and help children learn from natural or logical consequences. Father who discipline in a calm, fair, and nonviolent manner show their love.

Be a role model

A girl with a loving father grows up knowing she deserves to be treated with respect. Fathers can teach sons what is important by demonstrating honest,humility and responsibility.

Be a teacher

A father who teaches his children about right and wrong and encourages them to do their best will see his chidlren make good choices.

Eat together as a family

This gives children the chance to talk about what they are doing.

Read to your children

Begin reading to your children when they are very young. Instilling a love  for reading is one of the best ways to ensure they will have a lifetime of personal and career growth.

Show affection

Children need the security that comes from knowing they are wanted, accepted, and loved by their family. Showing affection every day is the best way to let your children know that you love them.

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2010 Resource Guide for national Child Abuse and Prevention Month. “Ten Ways to be a Better Dad.” Child Welfare Information Gateway. 23 November 2010.