RAPID CITY, S.D. (KEVN) - It happens quickly, or seemingly so, our kids grow up, and are ready to move on to their next chapter of life, whether it's college or work or whatever.
And we may not realize it, but there's something our kids need to know, before they go.
In fact, it's important all the time.
In this week's, Friday's Focus on Fatherhood, we hear from Jim Kinyon, Executive Director of Catholic Social Services in Rapid City.
"I can tell you as a therapist, over, and over, and over again, one of the major traumas that I hear is from kids who don't ever feel like they were affirmed by their dad. They don't ever feel like their Dad was proud of them or who have a sense that their dad was really disappointed in them," Kinyon says.
"And I think as parents, particularly as we know there are transitions coming up, make it a point to sit down with your son or daughter and have that conversation, about what a pleasure it's been to have that child in your home, about the celebration of their great accomplishments," he continues. "And the recognition that while none of our kids are perfect, they're always loved."
"And that, no matter what this kid does or doesn't do, we're in their corner. And kids who have that, who have that sense, really have more stable relationships going forward," Kinyon says.
If you're a father with a question you'd like us to address sometime, please call or e-mail us to let us know.
And we'll have another tip for dad's every Friday night at 9.