Children treasure their moments spent with us, or in this case, with their Dads.And it’s not a surprise if what they remember the most about their childhood is simple things like, the times when they regularly play silly games with Dad before bedtime, or the time when their Dad took them to school on a rainy day.
Kids need to spend time with us (read: dads too).
Have dinner together. Make daddy-kids playtime a regular thing.
Only routine, quality and regularity can build a healthy sense of belonging.
The daddy who makes sacrifices in the name of relationship will be rewarded. The man who passes up the position that will bolster his income by twelve thousand dollars a year but send him out on the road for weeks at a time, the man who makes the choice to put relationship above everything else and who chooses to be present in the home, will make a profound difference in the lives of his children, especially his daughters.
A child will learn to see and treasure his/her father’s presence over time.
Father-affirmation isn’t accomplished in one big moment. Relationship isn’t a seamless concrete highway; it’s more like a gravel walkway, built by adding one tiny stone after another, one little deposit of time, one gesture of concern, one offering of sympathy.