By Fr Michael Sliney, LC, and Matt Williams
Like God the Father, a dad should give his children a constant and stable love, providing what is good for his family unconditionally (“What father among you, if his son asks for bread, would give him a stone?”Luke 11:11). This means providing what the children need, not necessarily what they want. It also means protecting them from what is harmful.
A dad cannot model God’s love if he is not present in his children’s lives as God is constantly present in all of ours. So modeling the love of God the Father also means being there, day in and day out. Sometimes the ordinary days are the most important in the long run.
With these thoughts in mind, here is a list of practical tips for being a great dad. With the generous help of Matt Williams, we once again interviewed moms, dads, and their children to help compile the following list: