The way our societies function, children often find it difficult to bond with their fathers emotionally. They gravitate more towards their mothers for their emotional needs and find it easier to confide in them over their dads.
This does not mean they don’t respect or love them any less. It’s just that the patriarchy has built family structures in this way. It can be frustrating.
However, it doesn’t mean we cannot fix it. So, with Father’s Day right around the corner (on June 18), we feel it is the perfect time to find ways to strengthen your relationship with your dad or any father figure at home because it is possible to learn how to get along with your dad as an adult, even if you guys have never really bonded or felt too shy to connect emotionally. So, here are a few tips to get you started.
From strict to doting, fathers in modern times have evolved to be more involved in co-parenting than ever before. While a few decades back, fathers were encouraged to not show their emotions or express their feelings openly with their children, today’s dads are way more relaxed and fun and are enjoying better mental health as a result.
Especially with a working spouse, balancing professional responsibilities and family life is a journey that is often traveled together. From guiding us towards a better life, encouraging us to make our own mistakes to disciplining us when required, many of today’s fathers truly deserve the title of super dad.
International Father’s Day (June 18) is just around the corner and it’s the perfect opportunity to make our dads feel special and remind them to take some free time for their well-being. It is also the occasion to remind ourselves to do little things for our father every day so that they don’t feel overburdened
Here are five ways you can strengthen your relationship with your father.
Express your gratitude
Take a moment each day to express your gratitude to your father. It can be a simple ‘thank you’ for something he has done or a heartfelt appreciation for his presence in your life. Let him know that you recognize his efforts and that you value him.
Spend quality time together
Dedicate some time each day to spend quality moments with your father. It could be having a meal together, going for a walk, watching a favorite show, or engaging in a hobby or activity that both of you enjoy. The key is to create opportunities for bonding and meaningful conversations.
Help with tasks
Offer your assistance to your father with tasks or responsibilities he might have. It could be helping him with household chores, running errands, or taking care of certain responsibilities that he would appreciate having support with. Showing your willingness to lend a hand demonstrates your care and consideration.
Be an attentive listener when your father wants to share his thoughts, experiences, or concerns. Show genuine interest in what he has to say, and provide a safe space for him to express himself. Offering your ear and your undivided attention can be a powerful way to make your father feel valued and heard.
Random acts of kindness
Surprise your father with random acts of kindness throughout the day. It could be leaving him a thoughtful note, preparing his favorite snack or drink, or doing something special that you know he would appreciate. These small gestures can go a long way in making him feel loved and cherished.