I’m now a father of four, and with the everyday stress of work-life balance, it’s easy to let yourself get pulled into a negative mindset. When this happens, I sometimes ask myself, am I a good dad? Am I giving my children the best possible life I can? The thing is, I don’t even know what that means. If you stop and think about it, in order to be a good dad, it all starts with just being a good person and knowing that you are trying your best with everything you do.
Being a good dad means supporting your kids with their dreams instead of imposing your own onto them. It means letting your kids make their own decisions because you know that you raised them the right way and that they have the tools they need to succeed in life.
Being a good dad means being a positive role model for your kids. It means treating their mother with kindness and respect; no matter what. It means showing everyone in your life respect, whether it’s the janitor or the CEO.
Being a good dad means showing up for your kids. It means being an active part of their life instead of standing on the sidelines.
Being a good dad means having a good heart, placing your children before yourself for the reason that you love them more than anything in the world.
Do I do all these things effectively? No, but I try, and my kids see that I try and all know that I love them.