When babies are born there is always all this hype around the importance of breastfeeding + Mom and Baby bonding. However, I think one of the most important things that’s not discussed enough is that Dads are important in a child’s life and bonding during this newborn stage (or in some cases early on during the dating process before stepping in to be a father figure) is equally as important in building the foundations of a father/child relationship.
Dad’s role in a family is typically seen as the one with strength, the provider, the protector and as kids get older, the disciplinarian. These are all true, but these should not be defining roles. Dad’s can be sensitive and share emotions with their kids. They can be great listeners and very understanding to their kids needs. In fact, they can be much more patient when it comes to teaching kids new skills; like in sports, reading books, doing puzzles and any other activities.
Dad’s are equally as important as Mom when it comes to care taking, providing financially, as well as social and emotional behaviors. If you think about it, girls tend to seek out a man who has traits like her father. She seeks for what is familiar and comfortable because that is what she knows and has come to expect for her life. On the other side, boys tend to be the man their father is/was. They seek for approval from him and in turn emulate their behaviors.
So Dad’s are important in EVERY aspect of a child’s life. They love, they teach and the provide security for our precious children. Dad’s come in all forms, whether he is married, divorced, widowed, a step-dad, gay, straight, adoptive or grandfather, you are ALL important and provide an un-matchable role in a child’s life.
I hope you had the best Father’s Day celebrating the father figure yesterday and wish for a fantastic week ahead!