If you’re a father who’s really honest with yourself, you’ll acknowledge that much of the judgment and criticism that you have towards your kids is really your own critical judgment about yourself. It’s usually easier to be critical of your kids than to turn the spotlight on yourself, isn’t it? If you’re not careful as a father, you may run the risk of “teaching” your kids low self-esteem through your criticism and judgment of them.
The expectations for fathers are increasing both at work and at home. Here are ten ways for fathers to be more effective in the most important job they’ll ever have.
We love our children and we want them to be safe ? safe from people who could harm them and destroy their innocence. At the same time we don’t want to scare them and perhaps create timidity or nightmares. How can we protect them without harming them?
Anything that we use to get love, avoid pain, and fill up inner emptiness can become an addiction ? even our children! If your children are your whole life ? if you don?t have a strong spiritual connection with a personal source of love and guidance, as well as other relationships and interests that you are passionate about, you might be using your children to fill an empty place within you.
By the time your child is six, she’s probably already had some experiences with preschool or day care, and she’s spent some pretty good chunks of time away from the house. But there’s something about starting the first grade?that’s “real” school, after all?that’s different.
Children diagnosed with depression can be treated through medications and therapy. But Skip Corsini, a parent who has struggled with depression since childhood, says parents and others can help by paying careful attention to the social environment their children inhabit.
Caregivers often spend vast amounts of time preparing for special occasions, particularly for holiday celebrations. Young children do not need—or expect—elaborate celebrations.
Play brings you closer to your children; it helps them to become more independent; they are more able to work problems out; to develop their own concentration and imagination. Key skills needed for life and learning at school.