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EDITOR IN CHIEF- ABDULLAH BIN SALIM AL SHUEILI

Like father like son..

At work, everyone needs a job description that helps keeping employees on track when handling tasks for their companies. However, have you ever thought of what is a job description for fathers at home? Perhaps, no one has ever asked about the key role of being a father and responsible of bringing up kids! From earliest times, men have been expected to lead their families, and every man should be proud of bearing this responsibility.


As a matter of fact, fathers are playing a more active role in parenting nowadays. They do not just take the role of a provider, a protector, and a disciplinarian in the family. Today their role has evolved and fathers are now embracing a whole load of new skills and values. Fathers are similarly like mothers, standing as pillars in the development of a child’s emotional well-being.


Children look to their fathers to provide a feeling of security, both physical and emotional as well as promoting inner growth and strength. Studies have shown that when fathers are affectionate and supportive, it greatly affects a child’s cognitive and social development. It also instills an overall sense of well-being and self-confidence. Fathers’ role can have a large impact on a child and helps shaping him or her into a person they become.


Fathers not only influence a child from inside, rather how a child interacts and have relationships with people too. The way a father treats his child will influence what he/she looks for in others. Friends, lovers, and spouses will all be chosen based on how the child perceives the meaning of the relationship with his or her father. The patterns a father sets in the relationships with his children will indicate how his children relate with other people.


Daughters, for instance, depend on their fathers for security and emotional support. A daughter learns from her father what a good relationship with a man is like. If a father is loving and gentle, his daughter will look for those qualities in men when she gets older. If her father is strong and brave, she will definitely relate closely to men of a similar character. Children often take fathers as their role model; a father represents a guide and a counsellor to his child.


Of course, none of our fathers were perfect, so it is important for us to understand their shortcomings and carry forward with their strengths. In fact, a father is neither an anchor to hold us back, nor a sail to take us there, but a guiding light whose love shows us the way. As it has been claimed that teaching a son affects a grandchild too. The imprint of a father remains forever on his family; as like father like son, every good tree makes good fruits.


Becoming a father means you have to be a role model for your son and be someone he can look up to. Children always thrive when they have an involved father, someone who loves them, knows them, guides them, and helps them achieve their goals and make their dreams come true. Not only that, when a father shows compassion, hope and belief when his child needs it most. Actually, there is no greater need in childhood than the protection and compassion of a father.


Yes, fatherhood is a tough task and kids will make you suffer; when they are babies, their crying keeps you up at night. Their teenage troubles might rob you of more sleep. However, until you have a son of your own, you will never know the joy, the love beyond feeling that resonates in the heart of a father as he looks at his son. Profound thanks and sincere gratitude and appreciation to all fathers in the world for their love, compassion, hard work, sacrifice and putting their family first always.


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