Father's Day 2011: The Benefits for the Involved Dad
Father's Day is a time to celebrate dads, and for fathers, it is a great time to reflect on the relationship you have with your children. Maybe you have a great relationship with your children or maybe you would like to be more involved in your child's life. The role of a father is an important one, and many studies show that having a father that is involved is beneficial to the entire family. Of course, not only will your children benefit from you being involved in their lives, but you'll enjoy great benefits too. This Father's Day, consider the benefits of being an involved dad and consider a few of these tips for bonding and becoming more involved with your children. It will definitely pay off big time.
Being Involved – The Benefits for Your Children
First, let's take a look at some of the benefits your children will enjoy when you are an involved dad. Being involved in your child's life is going to include getting involved in all aspects of their lives. As you do this, here are a few benefits your children will enjoy.
Benefit #1 – Greater Success – Studies have shown that children who have fathers who are involved in their lives enjoy greater success in life. They are more successful in their career pursuits, which leads to financial stability.
Benefit #2 – Fewer Problems – Another benefit of being involved with your children is they usually have fewer problems in life. They are less likely to be delinquent, get involved in violence, or have other behavioral problems.
Benefit #3 – Better Cognitive Abilities – Interestingly enough, spending more time bonding with your kids can increase their cognitive abilities. Regardless of your own education level, being involved with your kids can increase cognitive test scores and the likelihood that they graduate high school and even pursue higher education.
Benefit #4 – Better Life Skills – Your children will also benefit from better life skills when you stay involved in their lives. They will build positive characteristics, including social skills, self control, and self esteem.
Benefit #5 – They'll Be Better Parents – Last, when you are involved in your children's lives, they are more likely to be better parents too. You are setting an example for them. If you are involved, they are more likely to be involved and be committed to their family when they become adults. What you are doing now is not just affecting your children, but maybe even your grandchildren.
Being an Involved Father – The Benefits for YOU!
Yes dad, being involved is great for your children. However, you also need to realize that there are some great benefits for you too. When you build up relationships that are strong with your children, you will also receive care and support. Here are several important benefits you'll enjoy as you become more involved with your children.
Benefit #1 – Secure Relationship – First, as you are involved with your children, you'll reap the benefit of having a secure relationship for them. Even as they become adults, that relationship will continue.
Benefit #2 – Effectively Deal with Stress – Being involved in the lives of your children can help you more effectively deal with stress in your life. You know you are doing the right thing and the relationships you build will help to combat stress.
Benefit #3 – Confidence – As you are involved in your child's life, you'll enjoy greater confidence. You will feel that you have more to offer others socially, on the job, and as a parent.
Benefit #4 – You Have Someone to Depend On - When you build up strong relationships and bonds with your children, you have the benefit of knowing that you have someone that you can depend on. Your children will get older, grow up, and become your support network, which is a wonderful thing.
Parenting Tips for Bonding and Being More Involved with Your Children
Sometimes it is a bit tougher for fathers to build bonds with their children than it is for mothers. Some barriers that fathers often deal with include time mismanagement as well as work. Balancing your family and everything else in your life can be tough, but it is not impossible. If you want to bond with your children and become more involved in their lives, here are a few great tips that can help.
Tip #1 – Get Involved in Night Time Rituals – Bedtime is actually one of the best times to bond with your kids. Maybe you can read a bedtime story to the kids at night, complete with all the funny voices. If you have a small child, consider rocking him to sleep at night. Come up with a special game you play before bed or some other fun routine you do each night together.
Tip #2 – Remember Physical Contact – To bond and become more involved with your children, remember physical contact. Sometimes fathers just don't think about it, but a simple hug for your child can really increase the bond you have with them. Take time out for plenty of hugs and kisses with your kids.
Tip #3 – Spend Time Talking – Although you may not have a lot of time, try to take a bit of time each day to talk with your children. Communication is one of the most important parts of being involved in their lives. You want to know what they are thinking and feeling, so talking to them is another important tip for being involved in your children's lives.
Tip #4 – Enjoy Physical Activities Together – Enjoying physical activities together can build a strong bond as well. Consider sharing a hobby that you both enjoy. Work on the lawn together. Workout together or coach a team that they are involved in, such as little league. Doing something together will increase your bond and give you something in common with your child too.
Tip #5 – Consider Sharing Spiritual Activities - You can also consider sharing spiritual activities with your child. In fact, these activities can be very powerful when it comes to bonding. Consider going to synagogue or church with your child, enjoying spiritual stories, praying with your child, or even exploring nature and its mysteries with your child.
Finally, the bond between a father and child is a special one. However, it takes some work to create that bond. There are definitely benefits to being an involved dad, so consider using some of these tips to get more involved in your child's life. You'll both enjoy the benefits for life.
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