Being a father is easy but being a dad is a title that is earned.
Though the two may seem like they’re one and the same, there are actually distinctions between them.
At least that’s what the people at the Good Men Project think.
The Good Men project is a site that offers resources and a support network for men where they can share insights, advice, and inspiring stories.
According to them, although a father and a dad both work hard to provide for their families while making time for them despite their busy schedules, there exists a deeper distinction that is essential to the growth and development of every kid.
Being called a father is easy because one automatically becomes one when their child is born. But the title of ‘Dad’ is something earned.
The following characteristics turn a father into a dad.
1. They think before they comment
Now this may sound easy enough but dads often forget to be “thoughtfully honest” instead of being “brutally honest”.
Before they answer their kids’ questions, they think about the motivation behind it. More often than not, kids seek validation when they ask questions. This matters more to them than actually getting an answer.
So the way you answer them is just as important as the content of your answers.
2. They are good role models
He does not only shower his own family with love and patience, but does this with everyone he meets.
A simple example would be keeping his cool while driving. He treats other people with respect and does not engage in verbal or physical abuse even when he is angry.
This may seem easy but when emotions are running high, it will prove to be a great challenge.
But, dads do not let their mood dictate their manners.
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