Fathers have always been important. However, research suggests that more fathers are relating the role of fatherhood to their sense of identity and self-worth than ever before. With this new and heightened awareness stress has emerged, as fathers worry about how to connect with kids, when to connect with them, and whether to avoid some connections if they're not sure how to proceed with them.
Fortunately, Psychology Today has a simple three-pronged action plan. First, treat the Dad role with the respect you would give a new job. Consider what qualities are required, what the job entails, and what properly achieved it will look like. Spend time actively listening, as this fosters the sort of deep connection that will prove a lifeline during the rough patches. And develops special Dad-centric traditions, that make the Dad times really special.
- Being a Dad is tough, and fathers want to be sure to make the best possible connection with their children. But how?
- One key method is through developing traditions – repeated actions or events that develop a close bond.
- Another key is to simply be there to understand – sometimes, listening is far more powerful than speaking.
“A recent Pew Research Center study found that 95 percent of fathers surveyed believed that parenthood is essential to their overall identities.”