“My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person; he believed in me.” – Jim Valvano
As the provider, fathers are held to a high standard. They are the ones responsible for fixing things that are broken, putting their foot down, and protecting the household. While these traits are noble, the deeper responsibility that fathers have is the task of teaching their children valuable lessons in life. It is crucial that fathers give their children the support they need, and instill in them the key ingredients that lead to independent and confident adults down the line. The gift of wisdom is more precious than gold, and when fathers impart this on their children, they lay the groundwork for love, happiness and success.
The most important lessons fathers can teach their children are the ones that build character. Some of these lessons include integrity, respect, setting boundaries, perseverance, being a gentleman, and not taking anyone or anything for granted. Teaching your children these virtues will shape them into the type of adults you hope for them to be. When you teach children to do the right thing even when no one is looking, how to say no, never to give up, how to speak with respect, the significance of appreciation, and possibly a good old-fashioned holding a door for someone, their value of life is increased.
Other important lessons are practical, but go a long way in the future. The importance of education, saving money, having strong work ethics, and manners will be passed on for generations to come. These skills will shape your child for success and strength. Speaking of strength, there are also lessons that are vital to your child’s well-being such as teaching unconditional love, demonstrating that strength isn’t always about muscle, resolving conflict without a punch, validating other people’s feelings and the value in serving others.
We, as parents, must model what we expect of our children, because teaching our children is about showing them. Keep in mind that the lessons you teach your children now will have a ripple effect for the future. They will one day be sharing the lessons you’ve instilled in them with your grandchildren. Take the time to help mold your child into someone who is confident and responsible. Teach them the value of love and the proper treatment of others. Show them how to work hard, come out of adversity with strength, the truth that boys do cry, and above all, believe in them. While you’re at it, remind them that they are never too old to call you daddy! W