I recall hearing a presentation where Doug Wilson passed on advice from his own father about learning to be a father: read through the Gospel of John and note everything that Jesus said about the Father.
I was reminded of that when I read this blog post by Peter Leithart today, in which he comments on John 8. Here is his conclusion:
A good test for fathers to see how they are doing with their kids: Do your children do your deeds? and, Do they share your joys? And behind these questions are others:Should they do your deeds or would they be better off mimicking someone else? Do you rejoice in the truth or something else?