4 Powerhouse Tips – An Early Father’s Day Gift

And a Great Gift for Your Kids

A very Happy Father’s Day to each of you. I’m going to give you an early Father’s Day gift – four powerhouse tips that if you practice just these, will revolutionize your relationship with your child and help you go a long way to being a Great Dad.

Tip #1 – WRITE LOVE NOTES TO EACH CHILD   Children need to hear words of love and encouragement from their father. They love to receive these. They’ll keep them all their life – and 50 years from now when you may be gone, they’ll take these out and be encouraged anew by your words. Most can be quite short. Just keep them coming

Tip #2 – HOLD FAMILY MEETINGS     Children deeply desire to come together as a family – to gather in one place where they know they are loved and can share what is on their heart. These meetings are also a time when you and your wife can share your values with them. Be sure that each meeting is closed with a time of prayer – for one another and for others. And share answers to prayers. Show them God’s love in action.

Tip #3 – SAY “I LOVE YOU”    The deepest desire in each child’s heart is to KNOW they are loved by each of their parents. Don’t just assume they know you love them. And remember that many (especially teens) feel the love may be conditional. So tell them daily an unconditional “I Love You”.

Tip #4 – INSTILL SPIRITUAL VALUES     The greatest contribution you can make to your children’s lives is to instill in them a foundation of spiritual values. If they have this, they will be face up to all that life throws at them – while under your roof and especially when they are off to college and careers. Let them know that a lifetime of “following Jesus” is the only assured way to a truly abundant life.

A BONUS –  As you practice these, you will be giving your kids a great gift.

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You Have 39 Days to Be With Your Child

Surprised? - I Sure Was

Father’s Day is fast approaching.  Here’s a blockbuster fact for you as dad to think about – and hopefully act upon.

I want to share with you why every dad should have a sense of urgency about being a great dad. It arises directly from a fact that absolutely astounded me: if you spend one hour per week in one-on-one time with a child, the total amount of time you will have with that child by the eighteenth birthday is 39 days.

Let that one sink in – -you have 39 days to spend with your child before they leave for college or work. And that is the case IF you are way above average for dads spending one-on-one time with their child.

One study put mikes on dads and recorded the amount of one-on-one time they spent daily with their preschool child.  The result?  37 seconds!  Another study a few years later did the same thing – different group of dads.  Result?  35 seconds.

So now that you know you have 39 days with your child, now what?

You MUST START NOW to be a great dad and to experience the joy of fathering.

And you also must ENDURE in your quest to be a great dad. It has been said that the difference between success and failure is that ability to hang in there five minutes longer. Well, there will be lots of times with a child that we’ll be called upon to hang in there five minutes longer.

You don’t sprint to become a great dad; you’re running a marathon. Being a great dad requires commitment up front, patience during the race, and endurance to see your way to the finish line.

As in a marathon, every finisher is a winner!

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