Dear Parents and Guardians
I hope Playford College dads enjoy being celebrated by their children on Fathers’ Day. Thank you to Mrs Makki for organizing gifts for children to buy for their dad or friend.
Current research reveals that warm and accepting fathers tend to have children with higher self-esteem. An affectionate and nurturing father-child relationship furthers the development of children’s achievement, peer popularity and personal adjustment. Loving fathers, who provide reasonable, firm guidance, without arbitrarily imposing their will, help to promote competence in children.
Tips for Dads (from Bright Horizons Family Solutions)
Spend time with your child. How a father spends his time reveals to his child what is important to him. Kids grow up quickly and the time to bond is now.
Discipline with love and positive parenting. All children need positive guidance and discipline, not as punishment, but to set reasonable limits. Dads should remind children of the consequences of their actions and positively acknowledge desirable behaviour. Fathers who discipline in a calm and fair manner show love for their children. Be your child’s role model. Whether they realize it or not, fathers are role models to their kids. A girl who spends time with a loving father grows up knowing she deserves to be treated with respect by boys and she learns what to look for in a partner. Fathers teach boys and girls what is important in life by demonstrating honesty, humility and responsibility.
Earn the right to be heard. Fathers should begin conversations with their children about important topics when they are very young so that difficult subjects will be easier to handle as they get older. Take time for listening to your child’s ideas and problems.
Be your child’s teacher. To be a good father, teach your children about right and wrong and encourage them to do their best. See that your children make good choices. Involved fathers use everyday examples to help children learn the basic lessons of life.
Respect the other parent of your child. Parents who respect each other and demonstrate mutual respect to their children, provide a secure environment for them.
Few events change a man’s life as much as becoming a father. Being entrusted with the responsibility and care of another person is a monumental task but none is more rewarding than becoming a father and seeing your child grow gradually into adulthood, with your affection returned in good measure and your child’s self-worth confirmed.
Every blessing in your parenting and I hope you have a memorable Fathers’ Day celebration this Sunday.