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Dads, have you ever experienced the situation where you weren’t aware of an annoyance until someone complained about it, and then it started bothering you?

Is it possible that complaining you’re doing around your family has the same effect?

Be aware of the potential consequences of your negative words.

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Dads, teach (and model for) your kids: You don’t have to be the best in the world (or your family or your church or your workplace) to be of value or to experience joy.

Dads, remind your kids: “Your sin will find you out. Especially if you have siblings”

Dads, how’s this for a set of mealtime rules for your kids:

If you didn’t help with preparing the meal, you have to help clean up after it.
If you did help with preparing the meal, you might have to help clean up.
If you were in charge of preparing the meal, you don’t have to help clean up.

 

Dads, teach your sons (especially older brothers) that how they treat their sisters may be what they grow to expect from a husband.

Dads, do you kids sometimes clap in the house and it’s too loud. Encourage them to do the Two Fingered Clap. It still makes a sound, but it doesn’t hurt the ears.

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Dads, tell your kids that their siblings’ bad behaviors towards them are a form of training for what life will be like in the real world. They should learn how to respond now.

Dads, “Conversation at table is something more than a means of amusement and refreshment. The career of many a young person has turned upon some chance remark made at the home table”

— Charlotte Mason

Dads, your wife and kids can see your inconsistencies, your bad habits, your sins (big and small) and your low-level insanity. They will point them out. Allow them to do this. Use what you hear.

Dads, as you communicate with your kids, have you considered your positive word to negative word ratio yet? You should probably do that.

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