Dads play a bigger role in the lives of their children than many of them may realize. Though Father’s Day seems to pale in comparison to the bells and whistles thrown out there for moms, dads are crucial to the very foundation of their children’s lives. When involved, fathers help their kids to lead more healthy, balanced lives. More than just providers, dads are one of the first examples they have of how to be as an adult.
Whether you know it or not, the things you do and say are all being absorbed by your children. They look to you to learn what an adult should and shouldn’t do. Try as you may to hide those bad habits and enforce the good ones, your kids are taking it all in and recreating it in their own lives. Ultimately, if you want to guide your children down the right path, your best bet is to start with the man in the mirror.
Kick the Bad Habits
First things first, you’ve got to stop the negative behaviors and bad habits. No matter how much you lecture your kids to do what you say and not as you do, they are keeping their eyes on your actions. Whether you tend to raise your voice more than necessary, have a habit of cursing like a sailor, or something more extreme like an addiction to drugs or alcohol, you’ll need to stop.
Some habits are harder to break than others. If you need assistance, there’s nothing wrong with reaching out to get help. For instance, an anger management course may be necessary to get your rage under control. You might need to visit a location like Windward Way rehab center for men to detox of drugs and alcohol. Whatever you have to do, once it’s out of your system you’re one step closer to being a better role model for your children.
Treat Your Body Right
You can’t expect your children to avoid medical conditions like heart disease and diabetes if you’re not showing them how to treat their bodies. You can set a better example by treating your body right. Eating well, exercising regularly, and getting enough sleep should be at the top of the list. Incorporate healthy living into the lives of your children by cooking meals they’ll enjoy and encouraging them to get active with you.
The goal is to teach your children that they should continue to evolve as human beings. What better way to teach them this than to lead by example? Don’t be afraid to try new things and expose them to new things as well. Whether you fail or succeed, it is a valuable lesson that your children learn about the importance of broadening their horizons and not being afraid to take chances.
You won’t always get everything right as a dad. Sure, there are bound to be some things that your kids pick up on, that you probably wish they hadn’t, but, in the end, as long as you keep trying to be a better father and role model, your efforts weren’t in vain. By improving your life in these areas and exposing your children to the same, they’ll keep those lessons with them for the rest of their lives.
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