A person’s relationship with their father during their formative years is the most important single factor related to their personality development. Also, the most important single factor that has to do with a person’s ongoing growth as an adult is still their relationship with their father. The relationship with the mother comes next.
Children normally go through phases in their attitude towards their father:
4 years: ‘My dad can do anything.’ 7 years: ‘My dad knows a lot.’ 12 years: ‘Dad just doesn’t understand.’ 14 years: ‘Dad is old fashioned.’ 21 years: ‘That man is so out of touch.’ 25 years: ‘Dad’s OK.’ 30 years: ‘I wonder what dad thinks about this.’ 35 years: ‘I must get dad’s input first.’ 50 years: ‘What would dad have thought about this.’ 60 years: ‘I wish I could talk it over with dad.’
(Christian Counselling & Family Therapy – Volume 5)
To all Dads, Step Dads, Grand Dads & Father figures (after all, it takes a community to raise a child) Happy Father’s Day for Sunday!