I have always thought that mothers are more important than fathers as my siblings and I have been brought up by our single mom. We managed to live without our dad's support who vanished in thin air but we could never imagine our lives then without our mom's care and love for us.
I held onto the truth that apparent truth to me for years but not until I became a dad myself. As I have shared with my wife, I'm thankful that I grew up quite fine but deep inside me I realized that I had needs which only a dad, my dad can fill.
Let me label those needs which I think my kids themselves need from me (from us dads) as well...
1) Time and Presence - It is difficult to make kids believe that they are important to you unless they see you while they are awake and get to touch or talk to you. Oftentimes, dads kill themselves working year in and year out - no breaks on weekends and holidays - just to ensure that all bills will get paid and the kids will have college funds. Spending at least a couple of hours (preferably more) to your kids reading books, cracking jokes or biking around will make them feel important as you made time for
Hi I'm Jim, a doting dad to two amazing little people. This is my attempt to chronicle my journey as a parent. I'm not perfect and I sure can't give you the lowdown on the latest studies on child development, but I do the best I can to raise good kids.
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