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In The Pastor’s Kid author Barnabas Piper gives advice to Pastors that I will generalize to all dads:
Dads, don’t just say, “I’m a sinner” when talking to your kids, admit and apologize for real and specific sinful deeds done against them.
Dads, encourage your children to determine and then consider the message or idea encouraged by every book or comic they read, every song they hear, and every TV show or movie they watch.
And this includes subtext or implied messages.
[This might be helpful for all families, but I think it’s especially helpful for large families]
Dads, invest in a water bottle for each of your kids. Choose different colors so they immediately recognize theirs.
– Good for picnics.
– Bring them on Vacations.
– If you’re going to an informal gathering, bring them along.
Dads, one way to live out the gospel with your children is to be willing to apologize when you’ve sinned against them. At the very least, this shows them that you know you aren’t perfect.
Dads, if there’s ever a time to strongly favor your wife’s opinion over your own its when you’re making decisions about childbirth. Especially whether to have another child and how labor and delivery is going to go.’
Dads, when dealing with a child who is hesitant to obey you, remind them from time to time that what you are telling them to do is not sinful.
Addendum: If there’s any way that they might see obedience to your directive as disobedience to God, deal with this issue.
Tuesday Tip: You are likely to be biased about your child’s intelligence. The bad news is – he or she mostly likely is not as much a genius as you’d like to think they are.
It’s my happy conviction that dads don’t have to be better at their kids at everything.
Dads, you will have more peace (and so will your kids) if you live like this is true.
Dads, sometimes a child’s disobedience is a reminder to you that you need to show your child more love. After you have dealt with the disobedience in a biblical way, find a way to let your child know you love them.