Father’s Day … a time to reflect

Today is Father’s Day – a time to reflect on the importance of dad’s.

Fathers play an important role in a child’s development from birth through
adulthood. In fact, numerous studies have reached the same conclusion:
Children with involved fathers have an advantage — socially and academically —
over children with distant or no relationships with their dads.

Not only is Father’s Day a day to celebrate dads, it is a time for dads to review
their role in the life of their children. Children with fathers who take the time to
ask about what they learned in school and their day-to-day social activities and
relationships do better in school than kids who don’t have that kind of input or
interest.

Children without fathers can benefit from a loving male figure who engages with
them and gives them the nurturing and safety that all children need. Children
learn to interact with their parents and also observe the interaction of their
parents with each other to learn the necessary and healthy social connections
between people.

It is important for parents to live with curiosity and awareness when
communicating with their children. It is ok to second guess yourself when you
feel uncomfortable about a decision you make or step you take. There is no
perfect way to parent. Their is only with love, compassion and understanding.

As I understand from my spouse, Father’s Day is not about presents and dinner’s
out. It is about getting families together in picnic style at your favourite parks. It is
about ball games, frizzbee’s, water parks and barbecues. Parenting is not always
easy and it is nice that we have a special day to celebrate and give Kudos to the
guy who can fix things that don’t work as well as listens to you when you tell him
about the little things as well as the big things.

by Janet Robinson