Magazine article Work & Family Life

What Dads Do to Make Their Sons Feel Valued

Magazine article Work & Family Life

What Dads Do to Make Their Sons Feel Valued

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hen is a dad at his best? What ultimately makes a good father to a son? Author Neil Chethik asked 70 men these indepth questions in the course of researching his book FatherLoss: How Sons ofAll Ages Come to Terms With the Deaths of Their Dads (Hyperion). Here are some of his conclusions:

-0 SONS WANT AFFECTION from their fathers most of allthough not all the sons interviewed used that specific word. Many recalled happy memories of wrestling with their dads, riding piggyback and other forms of physical play.

' PHYSICAL ATTENTION that boys crave from their dads seems to give them a close-up view of the man they'll one day become. They experience their dad's strength, movements and boundaries. When a father's touch was playful and gentle, sons reported feeling safe and accepted as well.

-0 SOME DADS WERE NOT the "touchy-feely" type, but were affectionate in nonphysical ways such as giving loving attention to a child in the form of conversation, playing games or doing crossword puzzles together. …

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