Father-son relationships are beautiful and complex. However, some fathers think it’s not so “manly” for them to build a communicative and intimate relationship with their sons because of what others may think. This can lead to miscommunication and misunderstanding as the child grows. Here’s how fathers can make stronger bonds with their sons.
Develop similar interests. Even if fathers work full-time, they can still make ends meet by spending time at home. Weekends are a great time for fathers and sons to explore similar interests like sports, literature, and other activities. Bonding over activities can both father and son become more open to one another.
Don’t be afraid to talk and listen. A lot of men struggle with expressing their thoughts and feelings effectively. When fathers take the time to talk (and listen) to their sons, they are teaching them to become effective communicators.
Encourage sons to do better. A little word of encouragement goes a long way. Stress and negativity might bombard them in school or with their friends, but fathers must always focus on the positive. When fathers encourage, sons feel that they celebrate their accomplishments together. This develops trust and excellence.
Vijaya Prakash Boggala is a medical abstract writer, artist-at-heart, and a proud father to a four-year-old boy. He is currently based in Greensboro, NC. Learn more about fatherhood, writing, and art when you visit this blog.