What do I do if my father thinks I hate him even after I told him I don't?
Last Updated: 01/13/2021 at 3:48pm
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Actions speaks louder than words. Don't just tell him that you love him, show him that through your gestures.:)
Hey :) When words fail action speaks. Sweet little gestures to let him know that you care for him and love him will really help. For example, ask him if he needs some help with his work and show willingness to help him out and do it, offer him water/tea/coffee (might sound small but little things often occupy biggest part of our heart) , sit with him and spend quality time with him, be his friend. I'm sure your father will realize that you do love him :) Parents are grown up kids just like us. They need and deserve special attention, love and care. Everything will be okay :) Have a happy family time :)
Keep telling him that you don’t hate him and maybe show that you don’t by doing something for him.
The best thing to do is sit your father down and ask him why does he think that you hate him and assure him that you don't hate him and maybe do things with him
Try and spend some quality time with him, doing something you both enjoy. Act genuine so he knows you care. Make him feel valid and tell him that you love him. But try not to make it seem over exaggerated and like your faking it.
I agree with the earlier comment. Show him how you feel... It may be difficult because you feel some distance between you both, But ultimately you both want the same thing. To be loved and understood by each other.....
Maybe he blames himself for something he did for what you may hate him and he can't imagine you wouldn't.
I agree with dreamJoy41 in principle, but I think "quality" needs to be seriously discussed on both sides. Why does your father think you hate him? Has he told you so, directly? Do you feel a disconnect you can't explain? Communication is key in *all* relationships. I suggest you think on your relationship with your father for a day or so, and pay special attention to the thought process you have that makes you want to cry. "I feel like I'm disappointing you." "I feel like you don't listen to me." "I feel like things have changed between us, and I'm confused about why." Finding the root cause of the feeling is usually the hard part. Once you've found it, the rest gets easy. You simply need to think about the best way to explain your feeling to him. Communicate it in a way that he would understand, without snuffing the feeling that makes you want to say it.
There's not much you can do to change his mind. Some people can be very stubborn. All you can do is show your love for him and show him respect. Show it through your actions.
You could try to figure out why your father thinks you hate him and see if it is possible to show him rather than tell him that you love him.
Try hanging out with him more and show love and support. Invite him to events and do fun activities.
Small ups and downs are normal in any relationship. What I believe is, where there is love and care, there is hatred and anger as well. Maybe due to some recent arguments, your father thinks you dislike him. That's not true, is what I gather from your question. In such case, how about you try to show them that you care and love them? Small and tender acts of showing affection helps smooth out things. Try to appreciate their efforts with a 'thank you' and 'you are great' more often. Try to compliment them once in a while. Try to replenish your relationship. Cook their favourite dish or bake something they like, if you can. Since, it is said that the path of the heart goes right through the stomach. Impress the stomach, gain the heart. You can also do tiny acts-which shows you care- here and there.
If your father believes you hate him but you don't, not only should you reassure him that you love him but show him that you love him. Show him by randomly spending time and bonding with him, do a random act of kindness for him to show your appreciation etc.
Words and actions are two very different things that have very different meanings. You can't just tell him that you don't hate him and expect him to believe you. Your best chance at improving his thoughts on how you feel about him would be to show him. Do things that help him really see and believe that you don't hate him.
Actions speak louder than words. Find out why he thinks you hate him, and try to figure out how you can change that behavior.
in my opinion, I find that the best way to prove anything is proving it by actions. find what he loves and do it or give it to him. giving him presents also is something to be noticed. there are some ppl have low self-worth and think that everyone hates them. and they most look at most details, so if there would be any small change in your actions, they will think you don't like them.so you would also need to be careful, and sometimes some explanations would help.so in summary : show love and care and prove them by actions.
This is a very subjective situation, and as I have not experienced it I cannot give you advice on what to do. But it may be in your best interest (seeing as he isn't convinced through you telling him) to try alternative methods of convincing him. Maybe try helping him out with something, or asking to spend time with him - not for any objective, but just enjoy each other's company. SHOW him you love him (or at least don't hate him). It may also be worth looking back at your interactions/experiences with him to see if there's any particular reason he's so inclined to believe you hate him. It could just be a misunderstanding, you know? Either way, I wish you the best of luck!
I think the saying actions speak louder than words truly applies here. Just try spending more time with him and go above and beyond with the little things.
Try to show him that you don't hate him, things you do may convince him more than words did. If that fails, try to confront him and have a conversation. He is your father, and it seems like something between you two happened, so he thinks you hate him. He wouldn't act badly, or say something wrong while you two talk, especially if it's something personal. So i believe that if you try to do something like this, he can realise that you don't hate him. Good luck :)
I would say actions speak louder than words and to show him that you would enjoy spending time with him and being around him.
Try to show him that you love and communicate more and keep telling him you love him until he understands perhaps just asking why he feels like he does
Never told him you love him or hate him. Just show it. If he still think you hate him, then maybe you didn't care about him too much
You should show him you love him, take him out to his favourite diner, buy him a present, take him to see his favourite sports team play live, something that shows you care
I went through the same situation with my father. I asked him to go to lunch with me one day just to sit down and talk, which ended up turning into an unplanned road trip for the weekend. I would call it a father/daughter weekend. It was fun and made it into a more common thing. Sometimes all that needs to happen is a good, long talk and some bonding time. :)
Well then tell him reason why you dont hate him and show him eays you care for your Dad hopefully he undersands then
It sounds like there is some miscommunication between you and your father. Have you considered asking him why he thinks you hate him?
Spend more time with him. Do things with him that people would never do with someone they hate. Show him how much you care for him.
Try your best to show him instead. It sounds cliché but actions do speak louder than words sometimes.
This is where the saying 'Action speaks louder than words' come into play. Sometimes people need more than just the words to assure them. And even actions sometimes don't help, but be patient and keep showing the love.
It could be that he interprets your actions as being a consequence of his actions, or maybe he's feeling guilty about something that he did?
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