Delaware Fatherhood and Family Coalition - Tuesday, October 21, 2014
The summit was a wonderful endeavor to engage fathers in the community on the importance of fatherhood. The messages received from all the speakers and workshop presenters were the same “helping Fathers be better Dads”. I am very hopeful that all who attended the summit also received that message. As the famous African proverb goes “it takes a village to raise a child” I came from the summit saying “it takes a village to help Fathers be better Dads”, that’s what Delaware Fatherhood Family Coalition accomplished over the weekend.
There are several things, as a village, which we can do in Helping Fathers be better Dads. First, we need to praise Fathers whenever appropriate. When a father handle a situation well with their children, let him know and be specific when he does it right. Second, support fathers in front of their children. Never disrespect a father in front of their children. It is not only embarrassing but it will also make him defensive. Third, encourage fathers to be a man, children need both father and mother influence in their life. It is very important to understand and value the different influences it have on the children. Most importantly, we need to give fathers their space. It’s agreeable that fathers and mothers both love their children, however they show it in a different way. Give fathers a little room to be adventurous with their children and to teach them in their own unique way. Value the differences and understand that children need their fatherly influences of be a well-rounded child.
So readers, the key to “Helping Fathers be better Dads” are to praise him, support him, encourage him and give him his Space.