Being an ally for your child

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Supporting your child is the most important thing a father can do. It can be difficult to understand when your child wants to be, or do something different than what you are used to.

Increasing your understanding and seeking support can give you the confidence to be a strong ally for your child, as well as empower them to support their self-esteem – making a huge difference to their wellbeing.
Your child might come to you in different ways, like having a heart-to-heart talk, when you’re side by side in the car or a text or email. Whatever the case may be, it’s important to remember that they are opening up to you. You don’t have to have all the answers, but showing your support is crucial.

Top Tips

  1. Listen to your child and provide unconditional love 
    To build trust with your child, listen to them with an open mind. Young people need to know they are loved no matter what they say. Follow their lead and allow them to open up to you in their own time and give you more information.
  2. Maintain your child’s right to privacy and respect
    To make your child feel comfortable to talk to you, assure them that you’ll keep whatever they will reveal to you between the two of you. That you will respect their privacy and only share it with their permission or if it’s necessary for their safety.
  3. Acknowledge and accept your child for who they are. Tell them you are proud of them for opening up to you and that you love and accept them unconditionally.
  4. Take a step-by-step approach and provide them the space to talk to you and be heard. Talk to your child and let them guide the process.
  5. Encourage and join your child in seeking reliable information and support. Look for reputable sources and know that it’s okay to reach out for additional opinions and support.Looking for an alternative source to explore this topic of self-expression?  Listen to this engaging podcast with Scott Stuart here.

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