Dad for life

A father is a very important man in a child’s life. He defines the man his son will one day become and the husband that his daughter will one day marry.

Singaporean fathers under-estimate their power of influence over their children’s lives. While it is heartening to see more fathers today more involved in their children’s daily life, there are many local fathers who still follow the old school parenting style. Their mantra is usually: “if it works for me, it’ll work for my kid; why change what’s not broken.”

They are great providers, working hard and silently to give their children the luxuries they may not have. But what they fail to understand is that children may not understand their intentions until it is too late. That TIME is the currency of love for kids. Check out the following video. Not to spoil your fun, this video is a touching reminder of the sacrifices our fathers make and the impact they have on us long after they are gone. Just because they do not share their thoughts and intentions with us, does not mean they do not cherish us. Beneath the fatherly figure is a man who loves lots.

Gift

But being a old school dad is not all humdrum. Watch this genuinely Singaporean video of a conversation between a father and his two sons. One of the funniest videos I’ve seen in a very long time; its guaranteed to make you laugh till you cry!

Conversations With Dad

Here are some nuggets of advice from Harry Harrison, Jr (author of Father to Son, Father to Daughter) that I like to share with the dads:

  1. Be around

  2. (To your son), be a father, not a friend. If you don’t understand the difference, imagine his confusion when you must discipline him.

  3. Be a good husband. Show their mother (your wife) respect at all times.

  4. Be home for dinner.

  5. Be his hero. 

Hey Dads, Happy Father’s Day!

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