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Children need the day-to-day nurturing of their father as well as their mother. Too often nurturing is designated as the mother's territory, but it is important that fathers also learn how to nurture their children. A father is more than a paycheck, someone to pay the bills. Fathers have much more to give their children, they need to learn to give of themselves. Spend time talking with your child, playing sports with them, or teaching them life skills they will probably never learn from their mother, such as how to change a flat tire, fix a leaky faucet, or build a birdhouse. Girls as well as boys can learn these things.