I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father's time, care, and protection.
Sigmund Freud ~ Adapted – Rev. Sky
The Heart of a Father can be found in 4 areas.
1. Care – When a father works and earns honestly, he creates a doorway through which he expresses his love and care for his children in practical ways. Children learn from what is shown by adults. A hard-working father teaches his children pride, integrity, honesty and self-respect.
2. Leadership - From a father's lifestyle, a child sees the importance of wise choices and good decisions; from a father's love, a child discovers purpose, identity and true worth. Children learn to be good leaders when a father shares the leadership role in the home.
3. Time - Every moment a father spends with his child is another opportunity for good to develop and happen in a child's life. “Quality time” is not always measured in minutes but is very evident in later years.
Studies show that children, whose fathers took an interest in their education, were more likely to get better exam results.
These children showed a higher level of educational qualifications.
They made greater progress at school and have higher educational expectations.
Overall, these children had a more positive attitude and were better behaved according to studies.
4. Himself – Giving the gift of “self” is even greater than a father giving his child the gift of time. A Dad is loved and more valued when he gives his children the one thing they treasure most – “himself.” Children under five (5) blossom on all levels when fathers share in the nurturing that is needed in these early years of development.
A Father's Day Prayer
Let us praise those fathers who have striven to balance the demands of work, marriage, and children with an honest awareness of both joy and sacrifice.
Let us praise those fathers who, lacking a good model for a father, have worked to become a good father.
Let us praise those fathers who by their own account were not always there for their children, but who continue to offer those children, now grown, their love and support.
Let us pray for those fathers who have been wounded by the neglect and hostility of their children.
Let us praise those fathers who, despite divorce, have remained in their children's lives.
Let us praise those fathers whose children are adopted, and whose love and support has offered healing.
Let us praise those fathers who, as stepfathers, freely choose the obligation of fatherhood and earned their step children's love and respect.
Let us praise those fathers who have lost a child to death, and continue to hold the child in their heart.
Let us praise those men who have no children, but cherish the next generation as if they were their own.
Let us praise those men who have "fathered" us in their role as mentors and guides.
Let us praise those men who are about to become fathers; may they openly delight in their children.
And let us praise those fathers who have died, but live on in our memory and whose love continues to nurture us.
~ Kirk Loadman
Childrens Programs in Toronto
Toronto Children's Services - Children's Services manages a child care services in Toronto.
After-School Recreation Care (ARC) - City of Toronto after school programs
High Five - Parks and Recreation Ontario's quality standards for children's sport and recreation.
Childrens Health, Safety and Wellbeing
About Kids Health - Hospital for Sick Children
The Canadian Pediatric Society - The Canadian Paediatric Society is the national association of paediatricians, committed to working together to advance the health of children and youth by nurturing excellence in health care, advocacy, education, research and support of its membership.
Public Health Agency of Canada - Health and safety resources for Canadians
at-risk.org - A resource for parents and the general public for helping at-risk youth