Tips for Dads
Whether you are living at home with your children or you are a ‘part- time’ Dad, your children need to know that you care about them and that you will look after them.
Throughout your life as a parent, we encourage you to continuously ask yourself “What are they learning from me today?”
Here are some tips to consider…
- Enjoy your time with your children and listen to them
- Play with your children. Fathers often enjoy rough and tumble play with their children. This helps the children learn that you can be strong but not too rough to hurt others. They also learn that you can get excited, but then stop before things get out of hand
- Talk about your feelings so that your children can learn that it is alright for men to talk about their feelings
- Spend time with your daughters. You are the first man that your daughters really know. You can help them to learn how men should treat them when they grow up.
- Show your sons the way you would like them to behave when they are men
- Comfort them. All children get a special feeling of security when being comforted by their dads
- Help your children with sports and hobbies and share your own interests
- Teach your children rules and laws that are important for them to respect
- Encourage your children to do their best and show them you are proud of them – even if they fail
- Show your love in different ways if you find it hard to say you love them
- Take them fishing; go for a walk in the park, Cheer for them at school and sporting matches!
- When they talk to you – listen to them. Make special times to listen to what is happening in their lives.
- Treat your children’s mother, and all women, with respect, so that your daughters will grow up knowing that it is good to be a woman, and your sons will know how to treat future partners.
** reproduced with permission from NQDVRS ‘SAFE Dads” program