Fathers have the power to shape the lives of their children. From the time they are born until the time they decide it's time to "fly the nest."
For girls, fathers have the power to...
...build her self-confidence by telling them positive things about themselves. What a father tells his daughter is never forgotten or erased.
...show her what a gentleman looks like. Girls will look for men who hold the patterns of their dad.
...teach her to work hard and pursue their goals. If she has an example of some one who works hard it is likely she will also have a good work ethic.
For boys, fathers have the power to...
...encourage his masculinity. Fathers can teach their boys how to be strong; to not crumble when things get tough.
...show him how to treat a lady with respect. Boys will model themselves after how their father treats their mother.
...teach him to be responsible with money. Fathers can show their boys how to handle money and support a family.
Of course this is nowhere near a full list of influences fathers have on their children. Dads, it's your legacy to ensure the health and well-being of your children, the future generation to be.