Let them live their own lives

“My approach to the children has been to encourage them and give them every opportunity but to never push them and not to seek any pride for myself in any of their performances.” – Ian Brayshaw, sports journalist.

  • Encourage your children to have their own lives. Don’t live your life through them.
  • It’s good for your child to complete a commitment once they’ve begun. But also respect their choice when they say they are ready to be done.
  • Support your child in their choice of activities. Even when it’s not what you would choose for them.

Resources:

How you can be a father figure

Listen to this podcast by Professor Bruce Robinson on how to be a father figure to a kid who may not have the attention of a father in their life.

Experiences:

Bruce Robinson’s fatherly advice

You speak to enough smart people and smart words eventually stick in your head. That’s the theory, anyway.