1.) FOCUS ON BECOMING A BETTER DAD
Anyone who is great at anything knows that the key to becoming great is to focus on getting better daily. Becoming a great dad is no different. Center those daily efforts on the 4 Primary Duties of a Father and you will always be on track.
2.) MAKE YOUR CHILD A PRIORITY, NOT AN OBLIGATION
Many people say they would do anything for their children. I don't doubt that...except for when it comes to making their children a priority. For men who are great dads, it means making sacrifices both professionally and personally in order to take step 3.
3.) LIVE IN THE MOMENT WITH YOUR CHILD
In the big picture, presence is greater than presents. Studies reveal that children look back on their childhood more fondly when they recall their dads being fully present (i.e., physically and emotionally available) and are connected through activities.
4.) BECOME A COACH TO ESTABLISH FRIENDSHIP
Great dads make emotional investments in their children, but they also have a job to do: Coach them to become better and fulfill their potential, both with your words and actions. As a coach, you will not always tell them what they want to hear, but you will tell them what they need to hear (and when they need to hear it). They will thank you for it...later.
5.) SUPPORT (DON'T COMPETE WITH) THEIR MOM
Mothers have an organic, deep, and special bond with their children that fathers can only try to emulate. Great dads know (and accept) this and work to support that bond by being an ally to their nurturing mother by partnering in their efforts to raise a happy child who flourishes as a result of their love and commitment.