During a divorce, it is common for parent education to be recommended or required. I believe in dads and am dedicated to teach them how to bring out their best dad qualities.
Dads want their time with their kids to be harmonious and cooperative. The question is, what parenting approach builds a cooperative environment. I have been working with one dad on a consistent basis teaching him how to evaluate the times with his kids and what to do to make the times better.
In our private sessions in my office or on the phone, he shares what occurred with his kids. Being honest is crucial. I have no judgment of what happened, only support on how to make him feel better about how he is handling situations. I have also been to his house several times to better understand his children and how he interacts.
I have seen amazing changes in his parenting philosophy. Now, instead of feeling overwhelmed and confused.when difficult situations arise, he has several effective tools to pull out to calm the situation. His confidence as a dad has grown and his children view him more as an effective authority figure.
I have gone to court on his behalf and written letters stating his growth. Kids need dads that are developing their confidence so the majority of their times together are cooperative and happy.
Do you know a father who could use parenting support? If dads are having conflict with the mother, having a female on their side is very encouraging.
Cynthia Klein is a certified parent educator with bridges 2 understanding. She teaches parent education through private sessions, giving talks, and webinars. She is also the columnist for Middle School Mom in Parenting on the Peninsula magazine, www.ponthep.com. Contact her at bridges2understa.wpstagecoach.com