Happy Father’s Day!

No father will ever be perfect, but experts agree that there are several steps Catholic dads can take to be better parents:

Make time for your kids: Your children know your time is valuable, and just taking a few hours out of your busy schedule to be with them will show them how important and loved they are.

Be a loving husband: Being a good parent also requires having a strong marriage, so sometimes a dad needs to take time away from the kids for a date night with his wife.

Don’t fear intimacy: Being masculine doesn’t mean you can’t be intimate with your family. Dads can still be a strong leader in the home while also being loving and nurturing.

Let your kids see you make mistakes:Children can learn a lot from seeing that their fathers aren’t perfect. It is OK to show your flaws and say you’re sorry, and it can provide an opportunity for the whole family to go to confession.

Ask for help: The best way to know what the family needs from their dad is just to ask. Fulfilling their needs shows strong leadership, but asking for their input conveys a sense of humility as well.

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