As a doting father, it is natural for you to want to nurture a healthy bond with your children. According to sociologist David Popenoe, children who spend regular quality time with their fathers have better social prospects, educational performance, and psychological wellbeing than children who do not share a strong bond with their fathers.
Engaging in your kids’ activities at home is one of the best ways to interact with them – children are highly sensitive and intuitive. When you get involved in their favorite activities they will sense that they hold an important place in your life, and open up to you.
Positive interaction not only depends on your attitude towards the kids’ activities at home, but also on how age-appropriate they are. Your children will be a whole lot more enthusiastic and excited if the games or exercises you teach them are relevant to their ages.
According to a research study conducted by Gustafson and Rhodes (2006), most children like to be physically active. However, parental support plays a key role in determining whether your child will sustain his or her interest in a particular activity.
Maintaining a playful, supportive and active style of parenting will not only strengthen your bond with your child, but will also encourage your child to engage in healthy activities.
As your children grow up they will get involved in school based activities, extra-curricular engagements depending upon their preferences, and find new hobbies. Make sure that they know you are available if they ever need assistance. Your active support and guidance will give their self-confidence and self-esteem a healthy boost.
Engaging in kids activities at home helps you to understand your child’s temperament, unique qualities, aspirations and fears. In return, your child will know that his or her father will always be there for support, guidance and love.
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, a healthy father-child bond ‘fosters psychological well-being and self-worth in children.’
Relationships need to be nurtured with love and patience, and the bond between you and your child deserves all the time and dedication in the world. So take out the time to interact with your children and let them know just how much you care for them.