20 traits every father must have

1. Storytelling

We all forget most of what our fathers teach us, but we never forget a good story.

My dad wasn’t always the dad of the year but he instilled some amazing lessons in me through stories (one was about him burning down a bridge).

Stories can last generations.
2. Accountable

Fathers show up.

When it’s hard, easy, early, or late. They show up for their family, friends, wife, kids. This is something that should happen naturally as a father.

As a father, we should strive for our kids to know that they can always count on us.
3. Confidence

Confidence is contagious.

Confident dads raise confident kids.

Confident kids become confident adults.

The cycle continues until generations are impacted through a confident father. Men you need to believe in yourself and exude confidence.
4. Discipline

My dad battled with alcohol, but he was disciplined (stay with me).

There were nights where he would crash into bed only to wake up 3 hours later for work. He never missed a day.

Thankfully I haven’t picked up the drinking habit, but I show up everyday.
5. Presence

Fathers need to be present.

In a day where cell phones are raising children it is rare to find a father who wants to truly spend time with his children.

Children will learn so much from you spending time with them. Make sure it’s a priority.
6. Patience

My father had a short fuse, I don’t.

I promised myself that my kids would always be comfortable around me and never worry about me blowing up on them.

Kids should have discipline but not fear when it comes to their father. Practice patience daily.
7. Humility

Fathers shouldn’t care about possessions or social status. This creates generations of people who are willing to do whatever it takes to get ahead.

Instead, kids need to learn how to be successful while still serving others. A heart of humility will go a long way.
8. Sense of humor

The sound of my laughter from my child is the best sound on this earth.

Knowing that it’s because I have a princess crown on during our afternoon tea party makes it even better.

Don’t be the father who never laughs, let go of your pride and be present.
9. Integrity

My dad taught me that if you aren’t doing it when no one is watching, you’re wrong.

Fathers must teach their children that it’s about doing everything right all the time no matter the praise.

Kids will learn from you where that line is drawn, act accordingly.
10. Sacrifice

Family requires sacrifice.

I learned this the day I watched my dad at dinner not eating. I asked him where his food was and he said he wasn’t hungry.

I realized that we were low on money and he went without so that I could have something. That’s sacrifice.
11. Consistency

How many fathers do you know who are different everyday?

This is something that I have been passionate about the day I became a father. I want my kids to know that I am the same person everyday no matter what happens.

Be steady, daily.
12. Encouraging

Life is hard.

It’s harder without people in your corner.

As a father, we should strive to be the ultimate encourager in our kids lives. This doesn’t mean not giving them the hard truths, it means being there in the good and bad times.
13. Serves his wife

This is important.

Children need to know that your wife is a priority. How you speak to her, they will speak like that. How you treat her, is how they will treat her.

Set the example every day for your family through the love that you show your wife.
14. Empathy

Everybody’s broken.

That’s what your children need to learn from you. They will watch how you interact with the cashier, the homeless man, and everyone around you.

Let them learn how to treat people through your actions.
15. Loving

True love requires nothing in return.

Your children and wife should never have to earn your love. No matter what they go through or do on a daily basis there should safety in the fact that you love them unconditionally.

A fathers love can change a child.
16. Protector

Your family should look to you for safety.

Be the father that no matter the situation you can protect your family. Be in physical shape and be willing to make the decisions that are required to protect your family.

A father should always protect his family.
17. Lifelong Learner

Life is better when you learn from everyone you meet.

Teach your kids that everyone around them has unique experiences that can help them grow and be successful.

My dad taught me to learn something new everyday and now I teach my children the same.
18. Discernment

Common sense is taught.

It is taught through the situations you put your children in to learn. It is taught through your children watching you make daily decisions.

Let you kids learn how to know right from wrong from you.
19. Sense of purpose

Father who wake up everyday with a drive to win that day will raise kids who do the same.

Fathers should know the direction that they are going and why they are doing it.

Purpose is what drives you when motivation fades.
20. Emotional intelligence

Fathers need to be human.

Teach you children that being able to relate to people and understand what drives them is a superpower.

Share your struggles so that you raise children that can share theirs. It will change your kids lives.
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