Good parenting involves emotions. It may sound obvious now, but this notion hasn't always been the case. In past generations, including my own, a father's role was seen primarily as the family breadwinner, while the nurturing and emotional care of the children was relegated to the mother. Those days are gone.
According to the American Psychological Association, a father's contributions to his child's social, emotional and cognitive development is now known to be just as impactful as that of a mother's. Noted psychologist Marc Brackett, Ph.D., from Yale's Center for Emotional Intelligence, has found that children who receive emotional support from their dads are less likely to struggle with behavioral problems or substance abuse, and do better in school and in their relationships with others.
Being a high-EQ dad takes patience, practice and commitment but the rewards are immeasurable. Your child is watching, listening and learning by your example. Celebrate this Father's Day by beginning to use these best practices so you can give your child the building blocks they need to be happy, healthy, emotional beings.
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