How to Love a Woman
by Rick Johnson
September 24th, 2015
Fathers are instrumental in modeling to their sons how a man is supposed to love a woman. This is not something that comes naturally to most males.
Merely watch the difference in how a young man who grew up with no healthy male role models treats his wife—or more often his live-in lover—versus one who grew up with a father who loved his mother.
To give oneself sacrificially for the sake of another is not a natural male trait. In fact, the opposite might even generally be true. I know women look hard to find and hang on to admirable traits in all their men, especially their sons, but to be loving, kind, gentle and compassionate in non-feminized males is unusual.
Loving a woman is a modeled behavior for a male. Learning to lead his family in a healthy manner is another modeled behavior that boys seldom learn from any other source as well. The respect that a father gives a boy’s mother is the level of respect that he will think all women deserve.
Appreciating the value that a woman brings to a relationship and the family is another gift that a father gives to his son. Learning to cherish and love a woman in the ways that she needs and not the ways that he feels more comfortable with is a lesson that boys cannot get from any other venue than from watching his father every day.
Recognizing her more tender heart and the devastation that his words can have on a woman are taught to a boy by his father. And perhaps the greatest lesson he passes along is the ability to admit he is wrong, apologize, and ask for forgiveness.
Without the modeled behavior from a father boys are left to try and navigate through life and all of the difficult circumstances that he will be faced with. Boys without fathers are at a big disadvantage in every area of life. He’ll never learn how to love and treat a woman without your guidance.
Remember, he’s watching you every moment of the day to see how a man thinks, acts and faces life’s problems.
In what ways are you intentional in showing love to
your wife in front of your children?
Rick Johnson is the founder of Better Dads. His passion for families has expanded his work to include influencing the whole family with life-changing insights on parenting, relationships, and personal growth. Rick is the best-selling author of 11 books on parenting, marriage, and masculinity. He is a popular keynote speaker at men’s and women’s conferences and retreats.
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