How to be an awesome dad, mother and husband — all with the right tips
3×4 postcard image by Jennifer F.M. Cawthorne-Santos via ShutterstockThe best advice a dad could give you if you want to be a better father and husband is to have a lot of empathy.
The more empathy you have, the better you can build relationships with your kids and your partners, according to psychologist Steven Greenberg, author of the book Empathy in the Family.
“It’s a good thing to have empathy for your children, but it’s also important to understand what’s happening,” he said.
“And if you do understand what is happening, you can take action to change it.”
So how can you be an all-around awesome dad and a great husband?
One of the first things you need to do is understand your child.
If you’re trying to raise a daughter, it’s critical to be aware of her needs, he said, but this is especially true if she is a first-grader or even a toddler.
You also need to understand your children’s interests.
This can be challenging because your child may be a bit out of step with you, but that’s OK.
It’s your responsibility to figure out how you’re going to be able to accommodate her needs.
If you’re struggling to figure this out, Greenberg said it’s important to look into what you have in common with your children.
This might be their interest in science, their interest or their interest, their parents, or their sports.
For example, if your daughter is into science and loves math, you might have a hard time fitting her into math classes.
You can also be mindful of what you’re doing for your kids.
A lot of times, it can be hard to remember how much you love them if you’re working on a task that doesn’t seem to make much sense to them, he added.
So, while you’re not necessarily obligated to be the best dad in the world, if you have the best skills, he says, it makes sense to try to be.
And that’s what you’ll need to start doing: Take the time to think about how you can be an amazing dad and the best husband.
And Greenberg also recommends that if you can, you should spend some time with your child before you start.
“I think there’s a lot that you can do, and your time with a child can be as good as it’s going to get, because it’s the only time you can really connect with them,” he added, “and the way you can feel them is really strong.”