The journey from being just a husband to a father is usually very memorable for many guys, this is because the journey marks the time they become responsible for someone other than themselves and another grown up. At this time, they have to watch whatever they do because they now have someone looking up to them.
Being a good father means a lot and comes with a lot of other responsibilities. Here are a few tips for you on how to be a good father to your kids.
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- Join forces with your wife
As much as your opinions about child upbringing may differ, it is in the best interest of your kids that you decide to bring up your kids in a particular way rather than mixing up things and getting them confused.
- Be your kids’ hero
At a lot of times, your kids will look up to you for various things, do not disappoint their expectation and ensure that you give them the best you can afford.
- Be a good role model
Just like they will emulate their mother, your kids will emulate you as well, as a good father you have to be a good role model for your kids by leading them with good and practicable examples of how to do things or how to handle situations.
- Be your kid’s disciplinarian
At times, mothers are not able to handle the kids when they get in trouble, it is your job to take up such and discipline them as required.
- Become your kids’ friend
Although your female children may seem to be close to your wife, your males can also choose to be close to you. Even at times the situation is reversed, therefore no matter the sex of your kids; try to be their friends on a level such that they can confide in you easily.
- Support your wife
Either your wife is a full housewife or not, try as much as possible to support her in trying to bring up the kids. Do not leave everything to her even if she can handle them. Help her in any way that you can, even with late night feedings.
- Take responsibility
To be the best dad ever for your kids, you have to be ready to take responsibility for your actions and even take responsibility for the kids. In whatever you do, know that you are accountable; in this way, you will work to achieve the best.
- Show your kids affection
Be affectionate with your kids and show this to them in words and in action. This will help you to strengthen your relationship with them and help you to maintain a strong connection with your kids.
- Encourage your kids
When your kids are attempting things at whatever level they may be, do your best to encourage them. As a good father you should not slander or abuse their failed attempt, rather you will keep motivating them and encouraging them to go ahead to do things
- Give your kids the required attention
Although you may not be very available because of work or some other factors, whenever you are around your kids, try to give them the required attention. In this way, you will get to know them, their likes and even their dislikes.
- Don’t be scared to show them that you love them or that you care
Most men generally do not express their feelings openly or comfortably. However, when you are with the family, do not hesitate to tell them you love them and that you care, while showing them as well. In this way, you make it easier for your kids to express themselves too.
- Play games with your kids
At various times, get to play games of various types with your kids. Find out the ones they love and engage yourself alongside while they play.
- Give good advice when required
When it is required that you advise your kids on a decision, do your best to give them the best one and lead them right. A good father will consider various factors and will do his best to help his kids to make positive life-changing decisions.
- Seek advice
In your bid to be a good father to your kids, you may be confused about some things, therefore seek advice, or read necessary books in order to enhance your knowledge as well as build yourself on being the best dad for your kids.
- Punish your kids when the need arises
When your kids are erring, give out the right proportion of punishment that will serve to teach them the lesson you are intending for them to learn. In this way, they will know not to commit such offenses in the future.
- Pardon your kids once in a while
As well, let your kids get away with some things once, in a while, you could let them go unpunished for some things but not without necessary corrections. When confused about what to let them get away with, you can seek advice.
- Help your kids
Whether it’s a school fair, an assignment or a science project, offer to put your kids through and help them when they ask for it. As much as you want them to learn independence, there are times you have to chip in to help.
- Avoid embarrassing your kids in front of their friends
This, a lot of parents does without knowing. Avoid embarrassing them, slandering them or insulting them in front of their friends. This may affect their self-esteem negatively as well as their self-confidence. If there is a need for any corrections, do that politely.
- Give the chances to explore
It is usual for your kids to be inquisitive and be willing to find out various things, either with your help or not. Therefore help them to explore the things they are curious about with the right advice. In this way, you can also encourage their interest as a good father.
- Be there during hard times
During the teen years or any stage of a hard time for your kids, be there to give them the required moral, mental and physical support. Do not lose them to pain, depression or low self-esteem.
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