Fatherhood in a Technological World – Message #40
I didn’t want to leave you stuck on the last video looking at yourself wondering, so here’s a tip that would be a way to help your child grow to be less self-centered and appreciative of what they have: Help your children develop lives of gratitude by building a life that includes service to others. In the video I talk about this, how it is necessary to help children expand their view of their community outside of home. In the video, I also give some tips on how to prevent creating a negative view of volunteerism in the mind of your child.
A word of warning about helping others
What I wanted to say in the video (but I couldn’t remember) was if you lead a life of volunteerism, you must be careful that you do not let that become a roadblock in your relationship with your children.
Again, if you lead a life of volunteerism, you must be careful that you do not let that become a roadblock in your relationship with your children.
I know many cases where the parents are so gung-ho about helping others, they forget their own children have needs. In other words, your children’s needs come at a different level compared to anyone you might be helping on the outside.
Yes, you’ve really got your work cut out for you as a parent, it’s one of the most challenging and most under appreciated jobs out there. But it is critical. It’s critical. Helping others is not a surrogate for leading and meeting the needs of your family.
Yes, it is important to help others but you’ve got to keep an emotional balance and connection with your children. And if I can give you one tip, off the top of my head, take the time to listen to them express their feelings and make sure you dedicate, or rededicate, yourself as a father and not just a leader in the community. Having said that, it is important to emphasize, being empathetic with someone’s feelings does not mean you have to agree with or even allow their actions as a result.
About Fatherhood in a Technological World
Fathers of young children in today’s modern society are facing unprecedented challenges with the wave of technology allowing ever easier access to the internet. The effect on your children has and will have a great influence on their growth. As a parent, you may be feeling the anxiety of having to confront the challenges of being at the end of the rail of the powerful forces driving technology into the laps and hands of your children.
Your work is cut out for you are a father. Even though popular culture doesn’t do well to herald the value of the leadership role of men in the form of fathers, let me tell you right now, being a father in this time and age has never been more important.
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