What is a definition of a “father”? One is “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 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.”
Anyone can father a child, but being a dad takes a lifetime. Fathers play a role in every child’s life that is unique. They have a large impact on a child, shaping him/her into who they become.
Regarding 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.” (*Quoting “Pediatrics Associates of Franklin”)
It has been said that the roles of mothers and fathers have greatly changed over the last several generations. As for today, it seems the father and mother’s roles vary substantially from household to household. Some families have more aggressive mothers and more reserved fathers, or vice versa. Of course, some families may not have fathers.
Still, the bottom line is that these parental roles normally have very strong impacts on their children and their personality and behavior. In the past more fathers/men were leaders in business and community, though now more women are stepping up to these roles. In recent generations more men have been encouraged to show their sensitive sides, including to be better listeners. This can be very beneficial in the business world. No longer are men expected to be silent, tough, or ones keeping their inner feelings to themselves.
Parents are recognized as critical role models for their children. Father’s Day began June 19, 1909. Our children can learn much more from parents who talk openly, are good listeners, show sensitivity, are honest and flexible. Being confident and allowing for good mutual exchanges are an excellent foundation for building responsible children. Such personalities should do well in the business world. Compass Career Management Solutions provides a Workforce Behavior Forum for businesses. www.compasscareer.com; 704-849-2500.