First Light Early Education Program

A Community of Healthy Families

Dad’s Matter

on June 10, 2014

More fathers than ever are experiencing the satisfaction of taking an active role in their children’s lives. Fatherhood is for life, so practice being a “dad” every single day! Here are 3 practical ways you can make a difference in your child’s life now and for a lifetime.

1. Respect your Children’s Mother

One of the best things a father can do for his children is to respect their mother. If you are married, keep your marriage strong. If you are not married, it is still important to respect and support the mother of your children. A father and mother who respect each other provide a secure environment for their children. When children see their parents respecting each other, they are more likely to feel that they are also accepted and respected.

2. Be a Teacher

Too many fathers think teaching is something others do. But a father who teaches his children about right and wrong, and encourages them to do their best, will see his children make good choices. Involved fathers use every day examples to help their children learn basic lessons of life.

3. Read to your Children

Dads have to make a special effort to read to their children in a world where television and video games dominate. Promote reading by reading to your children when they are young. Encourage them to read on their own as they grow. Instill a love of reading in your children and you will help them have a lifetime of personal and career growth.

For more ways to be a committed father ever day, please see Dad’s Pocket Guide: Tips and Tools for Dads of Pre-School and School-Age Children booklet in our Family Resource Library!

We are thankful for First Light fathers who take an active role in their children’s lives. Your involvement in your child’s education will help them do well in school now and in the future.

Who are you grateful for as Father’s Day approaches on Sunday? Tell them.



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