Tuesday’s post addressed the importance of Dads in the home. As a follow-up, today’s list offers some specific suggestions for Dads.
21 Tips For Being a Great Dad
♦Make God’s Word the basis of your home and the values around which you live each day.
♦Tell your children you love them every day.
♦Regularly carve out special time alone with each child.
♦Build their self-worth through acceptance of who they are and not what they do or how they perform.
♦Express appreciation for their efforts. Practice the 101 ways to praise a child.
♦Work to catch your kids doing something right, instead of trying to catch them doing something wrong.
♦Give your kids chores to do. Teach them the value of work.
♦Physically show affection through hugs and kisses.
♦Exercise discipline out of your love and relationship with your child. Remember that rules without a relationship leads to rebellion.
♦Make your home a fun place to be.
♦Monitor their use of technology. Limit their screen time.
♦Read to your child.
♦Provide security by letting them see how much you love and respect their mother.
♦While scheduled quality time together is important, be prepared to sacrifice your convenience for unscheduled time when your child wants to talk.
♦Sit down around the table and eat together as a family.
♦Discipline with dignity and self-control. Not out of anger.
♦Realize that it’s not unmanly to express qualities of tenderness, empathy, and gentleness in your family relationships.
♦Be consistent as much as possible in your expectations. But also remember it’s better to be right than be consistent.
♦Role-model and teach your children how to deal with adversity and failure.
♦Ask your children’s forgiveness when you make a mistake.
♦Pray together every day.
–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman