Fathers teach you what’s important – A Fatherhood Legacy Story

By Joe of Camberwell, Victoria

What do you want your children to remember of you?

That I loved them and supported them always.
That it was important to be a good citizen – respect, love and help others.
That it was important to live life to the most – put your all into whatever you did.
That it was important to look after yourself – physically and mentally.

What do you remember of your father?

Always had time for me.
Taught me the importance of your family and friends.
Taught me to swim and fish.
Came to every one of my junior footy matches – U10 to U18.
Taught me to be a good citizen and always helped and gave to others wherever he could.
Taught me the basics of running a business.
Together with Mum gave me every opportunity to lay the foundations for life as I know it now.

Tips:

Learn to recognise children’s emotions

Learn to recognise when your child is feeling sad, anxious or frightened, and be ready to listen.

Dads and Kids funspiration

When school’s out – enjoy spending time with your kids, rather than endeavouring to ‘entertain’ them.

If you need to stay home but want to have quality fun time – ask them what they want to do and give some of your own ideas too – choose together and make a whole day of it.

Deciding is half the fun; but here are some ideas to get you started...