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Top Five Ways in which Dads are Different: Handling Emotions

Paul Banas
Author Paul Banas
Submitted 05-11-2007

Kids imbibe different, yet complementary skills from their dads and moms. Moms are generally more emotional and dads are more detached. Mom’s influence has more to do with self-worth and the ability to form close, one-on-one relationships. Kids need to learn both, the expression of emotions as well as detachment from emotions. If a child gets hurt, he needs to express it so that the wound can receive the required attention.

In most situations, when a child is hurt, moms and dads respond differently. Moms tend to sympathize, feeling the hurt themselves. Dads tend to empathize and look for the best possible solution. Being overwhelmed by an emotion may sometimes paralyze a mom and prevent her from looking for an effective remedy. Dads’ method of handling emotions teaches kids that emotions are okay, but they need not be our masters. We can master our emotions. Life is a jungle and there are times when we will get hurt. It’s okay to be hurt. It’s okay to be emotionally affected upon being hurt. However, it’s not okay to let the emotions crush us and prevent us from taking the necessary steps to resolve the problem.



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Top Five Ways in which Dads are Different: Introduction

Top Five Ways in which Dads are Different: Handling Emotions

Top Five Ways in which Dads are Different: Inspiring Self-Confidence

Top Five Ways in which Dads are Different: Handling Responsibility

Top Five Ways in which Dads are Different: Disciplining Kids

Top Five Ways in which Dads are Different: Having Fun

Top Five Ways in which Dads are Different: Conclusion