Role Model – A Fatherhood Legacy Story

By Soumya of Yokine

What do you want your children to remember of you?

I would like my daughter to remember me as her best friend and role model.

What do you remember of your father?

I distinctly remember my father being an occasional smoker. When I got through to University for my Engineering study, he quit smoking in a single day, never to touch it again. Later on, I came to know that he wanted to set a personal example. As I was entering University, so chances would be that I would start smoking due to peer-pressure. But, he set an example and that inspired me a lot. Till today (39 years), I did not touch a cigarette in my life, in order to respect him.

In the early 80s, there was not much scope of playing table-tennis in India. He used to teach me table-tennis on our dining table and later on when I started playing better, he put me under a coach. I went on to play for my state at the National levels. I shall always remember my Dad as a perfect role model for me.

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Activities:

Build a model together

If you work away from home, travel a lot, or don't see your children often due to access limitations, here's an activity to try: spend time with your child when you are together building something.

Podcasts:

Listening Mixed

This is a podcast with Dr. Bruce Robinson about the importance of listening to your children.
Not just listening to respond, but actually listening to understand what they have to say.