Saturday, May 25, 2013

A Good Father

A good father makes all the difference in a child's life. He's a pillar of strength, support and discipline. His work is endless and, oftentimes, thankless. In the end, it shows in the sound, well-adjusted children he raises. He earns the affectionate term of "Daddy".

A good father loves his children, but he doesn't let them get away with murder. He strongly disapproves of his children's misdeeds, using tough love to prove a point. He does this through the power of his words, not through raised voices or other aggressive behavior.

A dad knows how to have fun with his kids too. It doesn't have to be expensive hockey games or movies. It’s simpler than that. He takes the time to listen to his kids and have a good, easy chat with them. He also makes time to help them with any task that they request of him... and perhaps some they don't.
A good father is above the old "do as I say, not as I do" credo. He will not smoke if he doesn't want his kids to do it, and definitely won't drink heavily. He teaches them to deal with conflict with a family member and with others by being firm, logical and reasonable at the same time. He teaches acceptance and tolerance. He also practices what he preaches.

A good father never lets his children take what they have for granted. From the food on the table to the good education he's paying for, a good father will make his children see the value in everything they have. Waste not, want not. He'll ask his child to get a job to help pay for a part of his first car, and take the time to illustrate how important a good education is. He doesn't let his kids treat him like an ATM.

A good father teaches respect; for his possessions, for his fellow man and for himself.

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