A Father’s Guide to Parenting
It’s that time of year again! Father’s Day is coming up and that means it’s time for parents and children alike to come together to show their appreciation for dad. While everyday is a chance to cherish every single family member, Father’s Day is a special day to make sure dads know just how much all their contributions are valued. But every father can attest to just how tough his role is, whether you’ve got one on the way or several already driving you bonkers. That’s why we’ve put together this handy father’s guide to parenting to make your lives a little easier. You can thank us later.
Work and Parenting – A Rocky Relationship
We get it, your work life is more important (and more stressful) than ever; after all you’re supporting a child, or maybe even a couple! Managing a full-time career can be stressful on every account. Coming home to continue your full-time job as a parent can be even more tiresome. Naturally for dads, you might begin feeling a little bit guilty that your work life is interfering with your personal time with your little one. Our advice? Don’t be so tough on yourself. You see, the good news is that healthy parenting is not synonymous with quitting your job. It’s all about finding the perfect balance.
Albeit stressful, fatherhood is one of the most rewarding experiences for both parents and children. Don’t believe us? Consider that studies detail the finding that children with involved fathers do better in school in the long run. That doesn’t mean you need to be there for every little moment, but you do need to be involved. Try taking your child to the park or spending quality time with him or her. That’s why effectively managing your work schedule and spending quality time with your child will prove to build a strong, lasting relationship that you’ll be proud of. If your job offers a flexible schedule, try to work out an arrangement with your employer that allows more time at home. Some companies even offer paternity leave that doesn’t necessarily have to be used all at once. Even if you’re just making it home in time to tuck your child in bed and read him or her a bedtime story, you’ll be making a lasting impression on your little one.
Social Life – You CAN (and Should) Still Have One
Yep, you read correctly. Although it may sound a bit contradictory from our previous point, making time for you will make for healthy parenting in the grand scheme of things. Even if none of your friends are able to make plans for a night out, rediscover your hobbies by going to the gym or the park. Believe us when we say blowing off some steam by enjoying yourself will permeate your life in ways that eventually impact your parenting techniques, amongst other things.
Trust Your Gut – It’s More Dependable Than You Think
We know, we know it sounds a bit cheesy. But trusting your gut when it comes to raising your kids is important. We’ve all heard of maternal instincts, but dads aren’t completely void of their own type of internal vibes. For parents, it’s off-putting to know that you really won’t know if you’re doing a good job or not until years later. But trust what your heart tells you and work towards building a lasting relationship with your entire family.