6 year old : parent wants to be liked


As a dad, I know my responsibilities to my kids, but as a child I had no role models. My parents were beyond dysfunctional and I'm trying the best i can with the help of my wife and her family. My biggest problem is that I want my kids to like me, yet I know that should not be my focus. What can i keep telling myself when I just need that boost of 'approval' from them. I wish it didn't bother me, but there's such a fine line between being a leader/father, and someone they look up to and want to be like. I'm not even sure I can explain it. So far they are great little kids, but I don't want to mess this up

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