The Best of Fathers

Dysfunctional fathers are constantly in the news: those who abuse, abandon, neglect, or even kill their children. While it is a sensational headline, too much makes it look like all dads are bad. Unfortunately, not much attention is paid to excellent fathers. They rarely receive any attention at all and are frequently tossed in the dysfunctional section for some minor offense.

The good fathers pay attention to the developmental stages of their children and mold their parenting to meet their child’s needs. They successfully navigate through joy and sadness as their child passes to another stage in life. Most importantly, these dads know how to care for their child without being too overprotective. It is a delicate balance and one worth striving to achieve.

Erik Erikson’s Eight Stages of Psychosocial Development serves as a parenting guideline. Please note that these stages will be discussed from a paternal perspective due to the nature of the article. It is not meant to diminish the value of mothers or other caregivers.

The best of fathers master these skills and help to rise up another successful generation. They deserve appreciation and thanks for their efforts.

Christine Hammond is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a National Certified Counselor who lives in Orlando.

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