One area of parenting that fathers often participate in with their children is active recreation and playing. So it is only natural that one of the more popular categories of questions dads frequently ask is about tips for fathers raising children and knowing how to play in a healthy and productive way.
Much of this kind of advice or tips for fathers raising children involves knowing when to tone it down. While grown men are also physically strong and capable of being competitive, fathers often want to play not to win but to encourage confidence and self esteem. Whether playing a board game like checkers or monopoly or playing basketball, fathers should pay attention to the child’s reactions and moods. Give encouragement and compliments like any good coach. Let the child strive to meet a challenge and enjoy the rewards of an accomplishment, and always help the child understand that it is playing – for fun, teamwork skill building, and good exercise – that is the key and the goal. Winning and losing are both experiences that children need to learn, and by realizing that those are not the only valuable aspects of play they will become more generous and humble winners and be more resilient and positive about a loss.
Roughhousing or playing physically with children is also sometimes a part of being a father, but it needs to be done with care and intention. You cannot play with your kids the same way you do with your own brothers or buddies on the tag football team or golf course, after all, so it is a good idea to read up on some helpful play related tips for fathers raising children. One of the best tips to remember is that when playing like tossing the softball or playing hide and go seek or chase it is important to take scheduled breaks. Keep track of it, and stop at frequent intervals. During the break find out for sure whether the child is having fun still or not – and determine whether they want to stop or continue. Continuing play beyond a child’s threshold is not a good idea but the only way you’ll know when to have time out or go do something else instead is by stopping to monitor your child’s reactions.