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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.

Dads, find new ways to exercise with your kids, even in winter.

Dads, it’s possible that the real negative emotion (like sadness or fear) your child is experiencing is causing double difficulty for them because they are also worried that it means something is wrong with them.

Encourage them:

Your emotion is real and reasonable. Your sadness is not crazy. Your fear should not bring you shame.

Hebrews 12:9-11 (ESV)

Besides this, we have had earthly fathers who disciplined us and we respected them. Shall we not much more be subject to the Father of spirits and live? For they disciplined us for a short time as it seemed best to them, but he disciplines us for our good, that we may share his holiness. For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.

Dads, this text is a double edge sword. It tells us what we should expect from a loving heavenly Father, and it tells us what we should expect from ourselves as loving Fathers.

The hard news is sometimes it is your duty to bring pain into your kids’ lives.

Dads, if your two year old daughter is standing in the kitchen saying, “Uh oh, uh oh”, pay her some attention.

Dads, if anyone is leading your children towards a god that is false, they are leading them away from Yahweh.

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