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HAPPY FATHERS’ DAY !

HAPPY FATHERS’ DAY !

HAPPY FATHERS’ DAY !

                           Happy Fathers’ Day !

Happy Father’s! Father’s Day is an extremely special day. It is that day that we get to honor our fathers and the father figures in our lives. Fathers are constantly thinking of ways to provide for their families. They have a lot of things they must get done to ensure the smooth running of the family. They rarely get a day off to be celebrated and appreciated. Father’s Day is that day. Their day. When it’s all about them.

For this reason, Child Space Organization offered sent out an invitation to fathers for a forum that was held on 19th June 2022 at our premises in Lucky Summer Ruaraka Sub-County Nairobi Kenya. The forum was well attended. The fathers had real conversations and a safe space to share their experiences among themselves. They got a chance to bond with their fellow fathers in a relaxed environment. Click to see Father’s Day Photos

The role of fathers in modern households has significantly changed. Fathers are becoming more involved in raising their children. Fatherhood roles are no longer limited to financial and disciplinary matters. Parenting for fathers is also about helping children develop emotionally, psychologically, and physically.

A father is actually a very important person in the life of a child; though anyone can father a child, but being a dad takes a lifetime. Fathers play a role in every child’s life that cannot be filled by others. This role can have a large impact on a child and help shape him or her into the person they become.

Fathers and Emotional Development

Fathers, like mothers, are pillars in the development of a child’s emotional well-being. Children look to their fathers to lay down the rules and enforce them. They also look to their fathers to provide a feeling of security, both physical and emotional. Children want to make their fathers proud, and an involved a father promotes inner growth and strength. Studies have shown that when fathers are affectionate and supportive, it greatly affects a child’s cognitive and social development. It also instills an overall sense of well-being and self-confidence. We had this and other relate Child Development and Father’s roles

Fathers Set the Bar for Relationships with Others

Fathers not only influence who we are inside, but also how we relate with people as we grow. The way a father treats his child will influence what he or she looks for in other people. Friends, lovers, and spouses will all be chosen based on how the child perceived the meaning of the relationship with his or her father. The patterns a father sets in the relationships with his children will dictate how his children relate with other people.

Fathers and Their Daughters

Young girls depend on their fathers for security and emotional support. A father shows his daughter what a good relationship with a man is like. If a father is loving and gentle, his daughter will look for those qualities in men when she’s old enough to begin dating. If a father is strong and valiant, she will relate closely to men of the same character.

Fathers and Their Sons

Unlike girls, who model their relationships with others based on their father’s character, boys model themselves after their father’s character. Boys will seek approval from their fathers from a very young age. As human beings, we grow up by imitating the behavior of those around us; that’s how we learn to function in the world. If a father is caring and treats people with respect, the young boy will grow up much the same. When a father is absent, young boys look to other male figures to set the “rules” for how to behave and survive in the world.

Importance of Dialogue in Families and steps to create a happy family for you and your children as a Father

Rule #1: Listen! Listen! Listen!

  • When your children want to talk, stop everything. If you continue what you were doing, they will think you don’t care and don’t have time for them.
  • Avoid jumping in and not letting them vent or discuss their concerns, worries, and fears.
  • In life, sometimes we all need a shoulder to cry on. At times, we don’t even want advice or comments. Other times, we just want to be heard and to feel like someone shares our pain.
  • A silent and sympathetic ear is sometimes the best thing we can give to our children.

Rule #2: Remember, there is power in choice.

  • When you are talking to your children, give them a choice whenever possible.
  • Allow them to feel you are talking with them and asking them rather than talking at them and telling them.
  • Make conversations a two-way street rather than a power struggle.

Rule #3: Avoid untrue statements and things said out of anger and frustration.

  • Your children will learn to listen and believe when you speak to them truthfully and calmly. Trust and respect come from honesty and sincerity.
  • If you don’t mean it, don’t say it.

Rule #4: Be a source of encouragement.

  • When your children confide in you, they should feel relieved, inspired, and recharged, rather than guilty or that they are a source of disappointment to you.
  • When they come to you with a problem or situation, offer your ear as well as words of encouragement.

Rule #5: Make your conversations, places of comfort.

  • Try to step away from being the parent when listening, and put yourself in your child’s shoes. Think about how difficult the conversation may be for your child, and think before you react.

The Forum that was attended by close to 100 Fathers was full of lessons, Fun, food and networking.

 

Happy Father’s Day! 

 

 

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