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10 Best Parenting Hacks for Every Dad, Papa and Tatay of Any Age

You've heard it said, "Anyone can father a child, but it takes someone special to be a dad." That’s an honest truth and it goes without saying whether you are a Tatay, Itay, Tatang, Papa, or Daddy. Being a dad often means wearing a superhero cape without the fanfare. It's tough, rewarding, and requires a balancing act of love and responsibility.

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It's no secret that dads can catch flak for their dad jokes or that sometimes the guidance they offer is met with more eye rolls than applause. But here's the thing – every dad is out there doing their best with what they've got. And that's something we should all recognize.

Being a dad is about more than just being a good provider. It’s about being the steady hand that guides a family, the quiet strength everyone leans on, and yes, the source of cringey dad jokes unleashed at unsuspecting victims.

So, here’s 10 straightforward dad hacks to help you be the best dad you can be:

  1. Lead by example

Remember, those little eyes are watching your every move. When you show kindness to a neighbor or respect in a tough situation, you're teaching your kids to do the same. It's about more than just telling them what's right; it's showing them, in the everyday moments, how to be compassionate, respectful individuals. And, that kind of leadership makes a world of difference.

  1. Quality time over quantity

Be present. Life's busy, we get it. But it's not always about how many hours you can spend together but making those moments you have together truly count. It could be reading a bedtime story, or that impromptu picnic at the park or something as simple as taking care of them as usual —those moments are worth their weight in gold.

  1. Communication is key

Chatting about the day over dinner or listening to their many questions about why the sky's blue – communication is a two-way street. It's about sharing your thoughts but also really tuning in to theirs. It’s those everyday conversations that build a trusty bridge between your worlds.

  1. Respect their mother

Children soak up everything, even how we treat each other. Whether you're parenting shoulder-to-shoulder or living in different places, showing respect to your child’s mother sets a strong example and provides a stable environment your child can grow up in.

  1. Patience pays

From the tantrums of the terrible twos to those turbulent teenage years, keeping your cool is a superpower. Taking that deep breath and responding with patience shows them that no matter the storm, you’re their safe harbor. And, that calm presence matters more than you might think.

  1. Teach and learn

Sharing your know-how is a gift, but don't forget that it's a two-way street. As they grow, they'll teach you about life’s wonders through fresh eyes. Remain curious and open, and journey through learning side by side.

  1. Admit when you’re wrong

Everyone make mistakes and owning up to them doesn't diminish your 'dad cred.' On the contrary, it teaches a mighty lesson in humility and honesty. Showing it's okay to be wrong sometimes builds a culture of openness and forgiveness in your family.

  1. Set boundaries with love

Think of boundaries not as rigid walls, but as safety rails on a scenic bridge. They're there to guide and protect, allowing for the freedom to explore within a framework. And setting these with love and consistency makes all the difference in nurturing confident, secure kids.

  1. Encourage their dreams

So, they want to be a doctor today and an architect tomorrow? That’s okay! Be their biggest cheerleader, even if their dreams seem so lofty. Because believing in them—especially when the dream is big and bold—is all the encouragement they truly need.

  1. Insure their future

Insurance talk isn’t exactly thrilling but think of it this way—it’s one of the most powerful ways to show you care. Making sure you have the right coverage is like putting a protective bubble around your family. It means that whatever life throws your way, you’ve got a plan. And not just any plan, but one that ensures they’re taken care of, come what may. It’s a testament, really, to just how deep your love runs.

Remember, being a great dad isn’t about perfection; it’s about showing up, ready to guide, protect, and cherish. And FWD is here to help make one of those responsibilities—a bit easier to manage, with clear, straightforward insurance solutions that have your back. So, you can focus on what truly matters—being the best dad you can be.

FWD Manifest is the Insurance Plan for Every Dad


If there is ever a plan that’s perfect for dads, it’s FWD Manifest, an investment-linked life insurance plan that helps you prepare for your family’s future through investments while protecting them financially with life coverage. It includes benefits like Start-up Bonus and Premium Extension Bonus to help you grow your wealth faster, an Investment Protector Bonus to mitigate market risks, and a pre-approved 20% Guaranteed Milestone Increase to celebrate a major life milestone.

Whether you are in the Philippines or working overseas, FWD Manifest offers customizable plans tailored to your life goals, such as retirement, education, or wealth accumulation. Adjust your benefit and investment percentages to suit your current life stage. You can opt for more coverage if you have dependents or focus on investments if you’re without dependents. FWD Manifest includes a pre-attached accident and waiver of premium, with options to add critical illness, hospitalization, and life add-ons as needed.

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