10 Ways to be a Better Dad

The positive effects on a child from having an involved and nurturing father are many.

They include beneficial impacts on the child’s happiness, social and academic success, self-esteem, and emotional stability.

» Respect Your Child’s Mother

A father and mother who respect each other provide a secure environment for their child. When children see their parents treating each other with respect, they will emulate this behavior, thereby, treating others with respect.

» Spend Time With Your Child

Spending quality time with your child is one of the most important building blocks in developing your child’s self-esteem.

» Talk To Your Child

Take the time to talk to your children about various subjects when everything is going right, not just when you have to be the disciplinarian.

» Discipline With Love

All children need guidance and discipline – not punishment. Teach your children that there are consequences for their actions, but discipline in a calm and fair manner.

» Be A Role Model

Fathers can teach their children what is important in life by demonstrating positive attributes.

» Be A Teacher

A father who teaches his children the difference between right and wrong and encourages them to always do their best will see his children make good choices.

» Have Family Mealtime

Sharing a meal together (breakfast, lunch, or dinner) can be an important part of a healthy family life. Take this time to listen to your children without the distraction of a TV, newspaper, or magazine.

» Read To Your Children

Begin reading to your children when they are infants. When they are older, encourage them to read to you. Reading with your child will not only increase your child’s understanding and thought processes, but will also provide you the opportunity to spend time together.

» Show Affection

Children need the security that comes from knowing they are wanted, accepted, and loved by their parents. Fathers need to feel comfortable and willing to hug their children every day.

» Realize That A Father’s Job Is Never Done

If a solid foundation has been built when the child was young, the additions to the father/child structure will always continue.

Handwashing

Children come into contact with germs such as bacteria and viruses every day. These germs can be spread from a child’s hands to his eyes, nose, or mouth and make the child sick.

In addition to the common cold, more serious illnesses such as meningitis, influenza, hepatitis A, and bronchitis can be passed from one person to another by dirty hands. The best line of defense against these germs is frequent and thorough hand washing.

When to wash your hands

» Before and after eating
» After using the bathroom
» After playing on the playground
» After touching or petting animals
» After handling garbage or trash
» After being around someone who is sick
» After blowing one’s nose, coughing, or sneezing
How to wash your hands

» Wet your hands with warm water

» Apply soap and scrub hands vigorously for 15-20 seconds or as long as it takes to sing the ABC song

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Pay special attention to fingernails and between the fingers

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Rinse well and dry with a paper towel or a clean hand towel

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Use colorful soaps or fun-shaped soaps to entice your child to wash his hands more often.

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If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer to clean hands after participating in the above activities.