Posted by: Frank Walker LMFT | October 7, 2013

A Good Father… #8

000_0012I have written a list of what a “Good parent is” and a what a “Good grandparent is” . Here is my list and discussion about what a good father is.

This parent thing is such an important topic and needs to be talked about and considered. I have had a little experience and know something about it having raised 4 adult kids that have turned into great examples of parents themselves. (No bragging intended.)

Here is number one from that list I would love to hear what you think and maybe I will add your suggestions to the list.


Tells a good bedtime story.

The most important thing a dad can do for his kids is to be a story teller. Your kids are sponges for the information and learning you provide. There is no better time to be with the kids, then when they are settled down, ready for bed. They want you to tell them stories. Traditional stuff is great, read to them, but don’t be afraid to tell them your story and their part in the ongoing story of their lives. Make up stories and be creative with the tales you tell. Take the time for talk and tales. Build the story telling relationship early and often. As the kids get older have them help you tell a tale. Have fun; build a close relationship with your children through story telling.

Here is the entire list:

A Good Father …

1.      Shows by doing.

2.      Gives of his time.

3.      Is consistent yet flexible.

4.      Is not afraid to show vulnerability.

5.      Is present, is there.

6.      Loves their mother.

7.      Knows his priorities and his kids and family are at the top of the list

8.      Tells a good bedtime story.

9.      Doesn’t have all the answers but is looking for them.

10.  Can change a diaper.

11.  Is a man and knows what that means.

Thank you

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