Depending on how you were raised, you may have trouble saying certain things. You must remember that just because your father failed you in this area doesn’t mean you have to fail your own son. There are things that every son should be told by his father. Whether it’s I love you or you did a great job, these are things every son needs to hear from his dad.
Things Every Dad Should Say to His Son
I Love You
Why is this so hard for some men to say? Telling someone you love them is not a sign of weakness. You are literally telling your son that he means the world to you. This is so important for him to hear. Not doing this will only lead to another generation that has trouble expressing their feelings. Tell your son you love him and do so often.
I’m Proud of You
It’s amazing how these words can have such a huge impact. Telling your son that you’re proud of him can boost his self-esteem. It will also encourage him to try harder and do what he can to continue to make you proud. There’s an unbelievable feeling that those words can bring to someone’s heart.
You Did Great
Doesn’t matter if your son lost the game. If he tried his best, you should let him know that he did great. That’s not to say you should tell him he did great if he fails a test that you know he didn’t study for. But if you son is seriously trying his best, he’s doing a great job and needs to hear it from his dad.
Thank your child not only for doing his chores, but for being a good son. He needs to know that you appreciate him. Thank him for being a part of your life and being your son and for making you proud.
You Can Always Come to Me
You son needs to hear that he can always come to you. It doesn’t matter what he’s done, you’ll be there for him. He can come to you to talk about things and get advice. You’ll be there to listen, if that’s all he needs, or to guide him, if that’s what he wants. From an early age let him know that he’ll be in less trouble if he comes to you rather than you finding out about things on your own.
There are some things every son needs to hear from his dad. It may sound unbelievable, but not hearing these things can have a negative impact on your son’s future and the relationships he forms with others. This doesn’t mean you need to go all Hallmark sappy, but you do need to get the message across.