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Fathers tell your kids you love them

16 December 2012, 17:48
Let me talk to men: Gents, yesterday I listened to Obama saying he will go home hug his children and tell them that he loves them and tell them how valuable they are to him.

While most of us were brought up by hard, tough love and mostly absent fathers, things have changed and we need to be more involved in our children's lives. We need to hold them, teach them but most importantly love them and they must know that you do.

I have one of the cutest and adorable son I could ever ask for but he irritate the nerves out of me. He knows how to bring me to the boils of anger but he also knows that he is loved annals much it is difficult to say that I love him, I do it constantly and give him hugs and ensure that he knows that he is indeed love. I don't need to buy his love with gifts but by actions and words.

It is indeed hard to say to your children that you love them especially with the type of tough love We grew up under, especially us men. That though doesn't mean it was right even though we survived it.

Even when you punish your children, you must do it and still tell them you love them. We need to play more with them, be fathers and not men of the house. We need to encourage them to be a success, give them a world of possibility rather than ridicule them or bring them down. Let us be the shoulders when they fail, pick them up and show them love.

We can ensure that our kids become better people by loving them. We need to create better families for our children who in turn will continue doing so and later thanking you for it.

It is time we became men, fathers, dads and not the person who wears pants in the house and everyone seems as a monster.
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