I’ve always known that having a good father is important. However more and more I realize how essential having a good father is for an easier adulthood. Friends who didn’t have a father or have “father issues” continue to search for what’s missing in their lives.
I’m very thankful that I have my own wonderful father who has always treasured me. And I have an incredible husband who shows my three boys what it is to be a great Dad and husband!
• Give Protection – by making a safe home and being there through thick and thin.
• Give Support – whether it’s financial or emotional.
• Teach self confidence – Self confidence is taught by treasuring your children and by showing them the respect you want them to show you.
• Treat Mom like a queen – This helps children to see how to be a great spouse someday.
• Are there for their children – Think of the Harry Chapin song. You need to be there! Quantity time is more important than quality time.
• Are funny! – I grew up with a very humorous dad and then married a very humorous husband. Being a fun dad helps to make life fun, too!
Here are some great quotes that help to define what it is to be a great dad!
Fathers need to teach their kids to ride bikes:
“The hardest part of raising a child is teaching them to ride bicycles. A shaky child on a bicycle for the first time needs both support and freedom. The realization that this is what the child will always need can hit hard.”
Fathers need to have tough skins:
“When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years.”
~Author unknown (Possibly Mark Twain)
“Discipline doesn’t break a child’s spirit half as often as the lack of it breaks a parent’s heart.”
Father’s need to understand their children go through stages, sometimes not good ones:
“By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he’s wrong.”
“It is a wise father that knows his own child.”
Fathers need to gently discipline:
“A father is a man who expects his children to be as good as he meant to be.”
“When you teach your son, you teach your son’s son.”
Fathers need to learn to be fathers:
“Fathers, like mothers, are not born. Men grow into fathers and fathering is a very important stage in their development.”
“The guys who fear becoming fathers don’t understand that fathering is not something perfect men do, but something that perfects the man. The end product of child raising is not the child but the parent.”
“Becoming a father is easy enough, but being one can be very rough.”
Fathers need to know when it’s time to let go:
“How true Daddy’s words were when he said: ‘All children must look after their own upbringing.’ Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person’s character lies in their own hands.”
“There are two lasting bequests we can give our children. One is roots. The other is wings.”
~Hodding Carter, Jr.
Fathers need to treat mothers with respect:
“The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.”
~Henry Ward Beecher
Fathers need to lead by example:
“My father didn’t tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.”
~Clarence B. Kelland
“Character is largely caught, and the father and the home should be the great sources of character infection.”
~Frank H. Cheley
Fathers need to have a good sense of humor:
“I have found the best way to give advice to your children is to find out what they want and then advise them to do it.”
~ Harry S. Truman
Fathers need to have unconditional love:
“A parent’s love is whole no matter how many times divided.”