by Shawn Donovan
What makes a good father? Anyone can have children, but not anyone can be a father. So before you claim that "World's Greatest Dad" mug, take a look at some of the criteria that illustrate how to be a good father.
Sharing time. You can't be a father if you're not around, let alone try to be a good father. Spending time with your children and being involved in their lives is imperative to being a good dad. You only get a few years to make a lifelong impression on your child. Don't miss those moments because work or other interests seem more important.
Being a role model. As their father, your children naturally look up to you. They think of you as their superhero. While you may not be able to leap over buildings in a single bound, children are equally impressed by the simple things you do. Children will emulate your behavior. If you're rude to a waitress, they'll think it's okay to be rude to waitresses. If you treat others with honesty and respect, your kids will do the same. It's important that you lead by example, not by, "Do as I say, not what I do." Always be mindful of what your children see, because you'll see the same behavior down the road.
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