By: Juwanda Ford-Williams, M.Ed
Children who feel connected to their dads are more likely to feel secure and happy. When dads spend time with children, children interpret it as "I’m important”, and it boasts their self-esteem.
1. Emotionally: Be affectionate and nurturing to children. Talk to children, even young babies. Talking, reading, and singing all encourage a communication connection to you. Also, caring for children, bathing, dressing and feeding them create a strong emotional bond that make children happy and secure.
2. Physically: Play with children on their level. Get on the floor with babies and toddlers; play ball or jump rope with older children. Play is an excellent way to have one-on-one time with children, and it helps them to learn how to regulate their behavior through play.
3. Socially: Share meals and outings together. If you cannot be there for meal times, try sharing a snack or special dessert when you can. Socializing with children will help them to feel more confident around others. It also gives you more influence in their lives as they grow-up. And it builds a father-child bond that can last a lifetime.
For more tips about dads connecting with young children, please visit our website: www.theparentingcenter.net or call The Parenting Center at 504-896-9591.