Information For Teen Dads
As we’ve seen on Unexpected, young fatherhood can feel overwhelming.
The teen boys on Unexpected are all preparing to be fathers at a young age. And as we've seen, they sometimes feel overwhelmed trying to provide support for their partners and babies, especially when they're still trying to find themselves.
But involved fathers can help children lead lives that are happier, healthier, and more successful than children whose fathers are absent or uninvolved. Fathers who spend time with their children increase the chances that their children will succeed in school, have fewer behavior problems, and experience better self-esteem and well-being. Here are some suggestions provided by ChildWelfare.gov:
What You Can Do
- Respect your children's mother. When children see their parents respecting each other, they are more likely to feel that they are also accepted and respected.
- Spend time with your children. If you always seem too busy for your children, they will feel neglected no matter what you say. Set aside time to spend with your children, even if you don't live in the same household.
- Earn the right to be heard. Begin talking with your kids when they are very young, and talk to them about all kinds of things. Listen to their ideas and problems.
- Discipline with love. All children need guidance and discipline, not as punishment, but to set reasonable limits and help children learn from natural or logical consequences. Fathers who discipline in a calm, fair, and nonviolent matter show their love.
- Be a role model. Parents are role models whether they realize it or not. Your children will
- Be a teacher. A father who teaches his children about right and wrong and encourages them to do their best will see his children make good choices. Involved fathers use everyday examples to teach basic lessons of life.
- Eat together as a family. Sharing a meal together can be an important part of healthy family life. It gives children the chance to talk about what they are doing, and it is a good time for fathers to listen and give advice.If you don't live in the same household, make a point to try to eat together as a family whenever possible--even if it's just once a month.
- Begin reading to your children when they are very young. You can help build language skills right from the start. Instilling a love for reading in the early years is one of the best ways to set them up for success in school and beyond later in life.
- Show affection. Children need the security that comes from knowing they are wanted, accepted, and loved by their family. Showing affection every day is the best way to let your children know that you love them.
- Realize that a father's job is never done. Even after children are grown and leave home, they will still look to their fathers for wisdom and advice. Fatherhood lasts a lifetime.
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