While waiting at my gate at the Atlanta airport, I noticed some grandparents flying with a 5-year-old. These grandparents asked questions when the girl seemed frustrated. They gave her options when she wanted a snack. They were calm and collected throughout the layover, creating an atmosphere around this girl that allowed her to express her feelings. These grandparents weren’t doing the typical give-the-grandkid-whatever-she-wants routine. It was a beautiful example of parenting.
After seeing these experienced grandparents at work, I questioned my own fathering. My fatherhood feels frustrated and frazzled. Do you feel like your approach is working? I can tell you some parenting mistakes to avoid. Here are 3 fatherhood approaches I’ve tried so you don’t have to.