Children are a precious gift to us. We have but a few years to contribute to the shaping of their lives. We cannot leave their future to chance.
Most mothers are intuitive about their children’s developmental needs. Most of us dads need guidance and input from others to know how to effectively build life-long relationships with our children and to know how to contribute significantly to our children’s emotional, mental, social and spiritual wellbeing.
I’m the first to admit that I needed to learn from other writers and speakers because I wanted to be the best dad I could be for my own children. I needed to learn whatever I could from others.
I have heard research quoted that reports only 10% of Australian men have a close relationship with their fathers and in the US about 17% of men enjoy closeness to their dads. Will this trend continue or will this generation make the difference and increase the quality of father child relationships?
Being a “front foot” dad, ie taking the initiative to be highly effective in our children’s lives, does not just happen by chance. It is a decision we make as men to step up.
Most of us are good dads, generally speaking. What the children of this world need are GREAT DADS!
What does it take to step up and be a great dad? What measure do you use to know if you are doing ok as a father? Will your children enjoy a close relationship with you when they are adults? How do you know? Are there any guarantees? Are we prepared to do whatever it takes to give our children the very best chance to succeed in life? What does it mean for them to succeed?
What can you and I do differently today, this week, this coming year, to give them our very best? What does it mean to be a great dad?