It may seem strange to find a post about fatherhood on a blog about animals, but dads are important, no matter what species!
To be a genuinely good dad, the first step is to spend time with your kids. While being a dad is not THAT simple, much of what it takes to be a good dad is that simple. Every man is capable of being a great dad! Eighty-six percent of dads spend more time with their children today than their own fathers did with them. That is a big deal. The simple fact is, your kids just want to be with you no matter what you are doing.
According to a national survey conducted by the Ad Council, a majority of dads (7 out of 10) also reported that they could use tips on how to be a better parent. But don’t sell yourself short. If you are taking time out of your day and spending time with your kids, you are a good dad.
Take Po for example. He was able to overcome some unique circumstances because of his relationship with this father. With the love and advice from dad, Po came out on top!
Children with involved, loving fathers are significantly more likely to do well in school, have healthy self-esteem, exhibit empathy and pro-social behavior, and avoid high-risk behaviors such as drug use, truancy, and criminal activity compared to children who have uninvolved fathers.
Need some ideas? Here are a few to get you started:
- Make breakfast, lunch or dinner together.
- Go on a hike.
- Collect props from around the house and take pictures of each other.
- Plan a picnic, even indoors if it is cold.
- Plan a short road trip.
- Create a story together and make a book.
- Get creative! The options are truly limitless.
In an effort to inspire and support men in their commitment to responsible fatherhood, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Family Assistance’s National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse (NRFC) and the Ad Council are asking us to share a message to dads everywhere: Take Time To Be A Dad Today! Visit the Ad Council or Fatherhood.gov for more resources on what you can do to make your time with your kids count!