I don’t think every dad knows just how important he is to his children. Many do, but I don’t feel confident about saying most. I’m not thinking of financial importance, which is critical. I’m not even thinking about how a father protects his children, which is crucial! These are the areas that, unfortunately, many people think of when we talk of a dad’s importance in a home. There is another matter in which dads are fundamentally necessary to the health and growth of their children--emotional well-being!
A kid’s emotional well-being concerns their stress level, the emotion of happiness, self-satisfaction, and anxiety level. If any of these criteria are at risk, the child will suffer not only emotionally, but their physical health could deteriorate.
Children with good emotional health:
So how do we as dads contribute to our children’s emotional well-being?
Naturally, parents have the most influence and are the most responsible for all aspects of their children’s lives. We teach them whether we do so intentionally or not, whether we are good or bad examples. "Do as I say and not as I do," never works as a value system or mentoring technique, therefore, be sure to be a good example and a knowledgeable teacher.
8 ways you can support your child’s emotional well-being:
The Bottom Line
Many dads are aware of their fiscal and protection responsibilities much more than their nurturing responsibilities. Society is advanced by every good dad who attends to the emotional well-being of his children, working of course with their mother. Today’s children are the leaders and parents of tomorrow. When we teach them well and they're able to thrive, they will do the same with their children, and if the trend continues with each generation, watch the social issues of our country dissolve into a mere distraction.
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Editor's Note: This article was adapted slightly from the original version written by Michael Smith for Good Dads in November 2015, entitled "The Whisper of Fatherhood".
Michael Smith, the author of The Power of Dadhood: How to Become the Father Your Child Need, is the father of three adult children and grandfather of four. He is a retired US Air Force officer and resides with his wife in St. Louis, MO. Michael can be reached for question or comment at email@example.com.