The role of a father is constantly changing in our modern world. Read on for our tips and tricks on how to be an engaged, supportive, and loving parent. What does it mean to be a dad? The art of fatherhood evolves as society and the traditional family change. With these helpful parenting tips, fathers can help their children gain confidence and self-esteem and, in turn, learn to be an engaged, supportive, and loving father to their children. Today’s families are becoming increasingly diverse, including single-parent families, blended families, same-sex parents, unmarried parents, and multi-generational families. Over the past three decades, social change, including an increase in the number of women working outside the home, an increase in divorces, remarriages and mixed families, is causing shifts in both maternal and paternal roles.
Ask a dad today and he will probably tell you that his relationship between father and daughter or father and son is very different from what he experienced with his own father. Changes in parenting styles have given men more opportunities to fulfill obligations as fathers, husbands, or partners. The current dad is less likely to automatically rely on his own childhood experience as a guide to fatherhood. With the ever-changing roles of fathers, what worked well for his father 30 years ago may not work at all for the complex and varied challenges facing today’s fathers.
Current research shows that warmly accepting fathers tend to have children with higher self-esteem. A tender and caring relationship between father and child contributes to the development of children’s achievements, popularity among peers and personal adaptation. Loving fathers who provide sensible, firm guidance without arbitrarily imposing their will contribute to the development of competence in children.