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Dads, it’s your job to not FREAK OUT when a child describes the emotions they are feeling.

Dads, the next time you feel your son or daughter is being unreasonable, think about this: Is it possible that you’re not really considering the issue from their point of view?

Dads, when regarding your kids and salvation, remember: Fear of hell is not a bad reason to choose Jesus.

Dads, exhort your kids, especially your sons, with this idea: It will be bad if, in the future, someone tells you ‘Don’t quit your day job‘, if you don’t, in fact, have a day job.

Dads, do your young kids look bored? Go lay on the living room floor and see who attacks you.

Dads, pray like this, “Dear Father, please help us to see where we are unwise in our parenting.”

Dads, make it your goal that your kids do not regret, but rather are grateful every time you have a heart to heart deep conversation with them.

Dads, you know that child that is acting up, perhaps more than normal? At some point soon, after the crisis is over, give them some quality time doing something they like.

(As impressed upon me by my wise wife)

Dads, has the child* sleeping in a crib just woken up crying? Don’t go get him/her. Wait** a while. Let them calm down.

A child who wakes up crying is still tired. And if you get them up, you’ll reinforce two ideas:
(1) that crying will help him/her their way, and
(2) the crib is a troubling place from which they should be saved.

If you let them stay, they might just fall asleep again and get some needed rest.

You want to get a child out of the crib when they’re happy.

* Not a two-week-old infant
** Obviously, waiting while they cry for three hours would be unwise.

Dads, as your kids get older, they will be able to do things you’ve never done yourself (or imagined doing) because they have different skills, gifts or motivations. Be careful not to show too much doubt as they explain what they want their next project to be, especially if the downside of failure is relatively small.


 
And yes, I’m speaking from personal experience. We didn’t buy our current coffee table. I’m pleased.

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