Dad’s- You Have More Power Than You Know!

I wonder if you dads realize how much influence you have over your children and how important a dad’s influence is. There are ways that you can strengthen  the bond with your children and influence them to become productive and happy adults.

Here’s how…

1. Spend time alone, one on one with your child.

2. Find time every day to talk with your child about their day.

3. Comment and support your child in his interests. It may mean more to your child than mom being there!

4. Role model behaviors like, honesty, kindness, and fairness

Have a Happy Father’s Day! You deserve it!

Dr. Terri Orbuch has written a very good article discussing the value of a dad’s influence and ways to create a bond that will allow you to use your influence in positive ways.


Father’s Day 2011: 4 Ways to Be a More Influential Dad

When many of us ponder our fathers and the roles they played in our early life, we often think of them as providers, as disciplinarians and perhaps as wise men.

Yet according to recent studies on fatherhood, the relationship people have with their father extends far beyond the stereotypical man who provides financial support, sets rules of conduct and doles out lofty advice. Research shows that fathers in fact offer many other kinds of social and emotional support that’s critical to the quality of bonds children form later in life.

For example, a research group from Rider University found that girls with good communication and a high level of trust with their fathers also had significantly better communication and trust with their boyfriends. Read More>>>

Want to discuss your relationship with your kids and pick up some easy parenting tips?


About Ilissa Banhazl

Ilissa Banhazl is a licensed marriage and family psychotherapist, former grade school teacher and holds a masters degree in reading. She has a private practice in Glendora, CA and lives in the Los Angeles area with her husband and three children. She specializes in adult, adolescent, individual, couple, and family relationship counseling as well as eating disorder treatment and recovery. She facilitates a Women’s Support Group in Glendora as well as a Women’s Disordered Eating & Body Image Group. Ilissa authors 3 therapy blogs, Marriage and Family, Eating Disorders and Group Therapy. You can follow her at FB and Twitter. or
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