10 Ways Fathers Model Healthy Relationships for Their Children

by: Steven Stosny, Ph.D.

Your children learn how men should behave in relationships by watching you. We hear a lot about mothers, but the truth is, fathers have a very important role to play as well. Children are keenly aware of the way you interact with their mother, even if you don’t live with her. Most divorce and domestic violence happens to men and women who grew up without a father modeling healthy relationship behavior.

Here are 10 tips to help you model the way you want your daughter to be treated in her adult relationships, and the way you want your son to treat his significant other.

1. Value their mother: Children value themselves and others more when they feel that their mother and father value one another.
2. Perspective-taking (seeing things through someone else’s eyes): Show your children the importance of respecting the perspectives of people they love, even when they disagree with them.
3. Cooperation: Show how to participate willingly in work, problem-solving, or task-accomplishment.
4. Negotiation: Show your children how to work out solutions to problems that respect one another’s perspectives.
5. Resourcefulness: Never stop trying to make things better.
6. Motivation to improve: Approach disagreements with the attitude of making them better, not worse.
7. Compassion: This gut-level reaction to your wife’s pain, discomfort, or anxiety includes sympathy, protectiveness, and willingness to help but not control. It recognizes that your wife is different from you, with her own temperament, set of experiences, beliefs, values, and preferences.
8. Good will: Learning a positive attitude toward the people they love will greatly improve your children’s chances of having good relationships. Think good thoughts about your wife, and always give her the benefit of a doubt.
9. Affection: Showing affection toward their mother makes children feel more secure.
10. Relationship investment: Successful relationships require that people care about and occasionally do nice things for one another.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Use NEW20 | 20% Off New Arrivals | No Returns or Refunds

00DAYS: 00HOURS: 00MINS: 00SECS Expired

[Cool Summer Sale] Use COOL20 | 20% Off New Arrivals | Free Shipping Above S$65

Use EMBRACE24 | 15% Off Embrace Nursing Bra | Free Shipping Above S$65

 

Use MOTHERSDAY | 20% Off All Items Storewide | Extra 10% Off (Min S$150 Spend) | Free Shipping Above S$65

00DAYS: 00HOURS: 00MINS: 00SECS Expired

Use LabourOfLove | 15% Off Lilou and Lilou+ Nursing Bras| Free Shipping Above S$65

Use 44SALE | 20% Off All Maternity Wear (+Dream Sleep Bra) | Free Shipping Above S$65

[Last Day] Use EASTER24 | 20% Off Storewide (Excl Accessories) | Min 2 pcs | Free Shipping Above S$65

00DAYS: 00HOURS: 00MINS: 00SECS Expired

[Limited Time] Use EVERYDAY | 2 for 15% | 3 for 20% | 4 for 25% | For Everyday Nursing Bra Only

[Last Day] Use CNY24 | 20% Off Storewide + Free Shipping (Min Spend S$80) | No refunds or exchanges

00DAYS: 00HOURS: 00MINS: 00SECS Expired

[Last Day] Use ILOVELILOU | 20% Off Lilou/Lilou+ Bras | 15% Off All Other Bras | No refunds or exchanges

00DAYS: 00HOURS: 00MINS: 00SECS Expired

[Last Day]  Use BF23 | 30% Off All Items Storewide | No refunds or exchanges

00DAYS: 00HOURS: 00MINS: 00SECS Expired

[LAST DAY]  Use BOGO23 | Buy 1 Get 1 Free (Min 2 pcs & lowest price free) | No refunds or exchanges

00DAYS: 00HOURS: 00MINS: 00SECS Expired

[5.5 SALE] CODE LOVE30 | 3 pcs for 30% Off | All Nursing Bras & Wear | No Returns or Refunds

00DAYS: 00HOURS: 00MINS: 00SECS Expired

Use EXPODEALS | 25% Off All Items Storewide | No Returns or Refunds

00DAYS: 00HOURS: 00MINS: 00SECS Expired

USE 3RDFREE | Buy 2 Get 3rd Free (Min 3 pcs & lowest price free) | No refunds or exchanges

00DAYS: 00HOURS: 00MINS: 00SECS Expired

[CLEARANCE] USE CLEAR15 | Extra 15% Off Sale Category Items (Min 2 pcs) | No refunds or exchanges

00DAYS: 00HOURS: 00MINS: 00SECS Expired

[Extended] USE NDAY23 | 3 For 30% Off (Excl Accessories) | No refunds or exchanges

00DAYS: 00HOURS: 00MINS: 00SECS Expired

Use JULY15 | 15% Off New Arrivals or S$15 Off 2 Bras | No Returns or Refunds

00DAYS: 00HOURS: 00MINS: 00SECS Expired

Use EXPODEALS | 25% Off All Items Storewide | No Returns or Refunds

00DAYS: 00HOURS: 00MINS: 00SECS Expired

[Member Exclusive] Sign Up or Login To Get 25% Pre-Expo Discount Coupon

00DAYS: 00HOURS: 00MINS: 00SECS Expired

[Member Exclusive] Use EXPO25 | 25% Off All Items Storewide | No Returns or Refunds

00DAYS: 00HOURS: 00MINS: 00SECS Expired

[Extended] Use GSS2023 | 40% Off Sale Items | 25% Off Other Items | Min S$50 Spend | No Returns or Refunds

00DAYS: 00HOURS: 00MINS: 00SECS Expired

[LIMITED COUPONS] Discount Code MAYLOVE | 15% Off All Items Storewide | No Returns or Refunds