Studies have shown that the absence of a father figure in a child’s growing years negatively affects his/her social-emotional development. These effects may be more pronounced if the absence occurs during early childhood and are more obvious in boys than girls.
With longer working hours and increasing work travel, how can fathers continue to play an active role in nurturing and bringing up their children? Here are seven secrets Ken Canfield, author of The Seven Secrets of Effective Fathers, found when he surveyed over 10,000 fathers in America.
If you are thinking, “Wow, I still have a long way to go!” do not be disheartened. Remember that we are all imperfect and that there is only one who is perfect (cf Lk 18:19). By endeavouring to be better fathers, we are already teaching our children to be effective parents as well.
Let us pray:
O dear Jesus, I humbly implore You to grant Your special graces to our family. May our home be the shrine of peace, purity, love, labor and faith. I beg You, dear Jesus, to protect and bless all of us, absent and present, living and dead.
O Mary, loving Mother of Jesus, and our Mother, pray to Jesus for our family, for all the families of the world, to guard the cradle of the newborn, the schools of the young and their vocations.
Blessed St Joseph, holy guardian of Jesus and Mary, assist us by your prayers in all the necessities of life. Ask of Jesus that special grace which He granted to you, to watch over our home at the pillow of the sick and the dying, so that with Mary and with you, heaven may find our family unbroken in the Sacred Heart of Jesus.