From Dr. Jane's Notebook

Qualities of a Good Daddy

You’ve probably heard the old expression, "Anyone can be a father; it takes someone

special to be a daddy". So what’s the difference? As you celebrate Father’s Day this month, consider the following characteristics of highly desirable daddies.

Daddies are brave and courageous, and they encourage their children to be brave and strong. Daddies are often less interested in neatness, and more interested in having the kind of fun that just happens to result in a mess. Daddies have a unique way of making their children laugh. Best of all, they think their kids are wonderful.

In recent decades, too many children have become the victims of record high divorce rates and abandonment. Sadly, the decision to leave a spouse usually creates life-long havoc in the lives of their kids. It is critical to realize that being a daddy is a life-long commitment to care, and to fill a unique role in your child’s life. It is a sacred responsibility. On this Father’s Day, I’d like to say thank you to all of you Daddies out there. Keep it up!

ęCopyright, 2000, Jane R. Rosen-Grandon. All rights reserved.

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