One day, while riding home with one of my co-workers, he confessed that he was having trouble relating to his daughter.
“She says I don’t love her,” he said. “I work hard everyday to make sure that she has everything she needs. What more does she want from me?’
“She wants more of you,” I said.
“What do you mean?” He asked.
For several weeks, my co-worker had been volunteering for overtime assignments. Each day he’d arrive at work at 7AM and wouldn’t leave until 9 or 10pm.
“I know that you’ve been working all of those hours to make a better life for your family,” I said. “But all your daughter sees is your absence. She wants her daddy.”
He thought about my words for a minute and said, “Maybe you’re right. I probably need to take some time off.”
Many men are in the same boat as my coworker. They feel as if providing for their family is the only thing they need to do to show their love for their family. But kids need so much more from their fathers. In addition to tending to their physical needs, dads must care for their children’s emotional needs also.
If you’re confused about how to meet these needs, here are 5 simple ways to let your kids know how much you love them.