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How Do You Know If You're A 'Good Dad'? This Chart Will Tell You.

Read on and find out.

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What does it mean to be a "good dad"? Are you required to be perfect at playing catch and barbecuing? Is it up to you to fix every single household device and change tires at a moment's notice? Do you have to know the answer to every single problem your child may encounter, and always have the best advice to give? 

Over time, we've been taught to expect certain personality traits and skills of fathers. But as we all know, no two dads are the same, and there is no one parenting style that is exactly right. Even so, you might still wonder what it takes to be a "good dad," and if you're making the cut.


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If you've ever wondered how well you're navigating the ups and downs of fatherhood, this chart may give you your answer.

That's right — the only thing that determines whether or not you're a good dad is if your child feels loved and cared for. If you're doing everything you can to ensure they're healthy and happy, then guess what? You're a good great dad

Every dad is different, so no one should compare their parenting abilities to another father's. After all, while some dads might be great at giving hugs, others might excel in giving advice, and others still might be awesome at simply giving their time. If you do all of the above, more power to you. 

But you don't have to be Superman to be a super dad. Now more than ever, parents are straying away from traditional gender roles when it comes to parenting, opting for a more collaborative approach to childrearing. Many men are choosing to be stay-at-home dads, while some continue to bring home the bacon, or even do a little bit of both. 

Dad may be the one who wipes away the tears and bandages the boo-boos, while their partner's out back building the treehouse. Whichever way parents choose to work together in raising their children in a healthy, safe, and loving environment is the right way because it works for them and their family.

Ultimately, if you're doing what you think is right for your child, you don't need to worry about being a 'good' dad. Your kid already thinks you're the best dad they could ever ask for — and that's what really matters. 

Cover image via bbernard on Shutterstock

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