I have said it before, and I will say it again, being a father isn’t just about making a mini-human. It goes way beyond that, and even though making a baby is a lot of fun (wink, wink nudge, nudge), being a daddy is a very rewarding and honorable calling.
As a father, you are a role model for your son and a yardstick for the men your daughter will eventually seek a relationship with. So being a father is a huge responsibility, but it is also achievable. Men have been doing it for thousands of years, and most of us are actually pretty good at it.
There are some things you need to keep in mind; it is not just about how you treat your child it is also about how you treat yourself.
Your Actions Matter
In realizing you are a role model you also need to understand that your actions will speak volumes. Bad habits will be interpreted as acceptable. The children that come from homes where parents smoke are more likely to become smokers.
I still remember the talk I had with my father, a real-life Marlboro Man, about smoking. Even though he meant well, it was hard to get his message when he sat there smoking a cigarette while telling me just how dangerous and stupid those things really were for me and I should never even start. Guess what the outcome of that one was.
We Are in Fact Only Men
We all slip up and say or do something we are not proud of, after all, we are only men. We will slip up and say a bad word and usually, to our shock and embarrassment, our little one will do the same, as luck will have it though at the worst time and in front of an unappreciative person. It happens.
We need to change many things when we become fathers. We need to stop only thinking of ourselves and start thinking of how our actions are going to affect and mold our children.
On the flipside, if you have healthy and helpful habits your children will develop the same practices. Take care of yourself, eat healthy and live healthy then your children will most likely adopt these same traits in their lives.
After all, we want what’s best for our children, and the easiest way to achieve this is to show them by example.
Good Luck Super Daddy!
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