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Helping Dad be Dad - Live life with your kids - Issue 117
September 05, 2009
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This week my newsletter is late – sorry about that! I spent the morning putting my son on the plane and then spending time with my other children. We miss Josh already.
This week has been all about getting Josh ready for a trip to Canberra. He is off to Canberra on a Rotary Citizenship Programme. He’s had to learn how to tie a tie, wear winter clothes, learn the ins and outs of a mobile phone and write a very short political statement. So that has all given a different take on our week.
This weekend we celebrate Father’s Day here in Australia – a time to tell our dads that we love them. I don’t do that enough. I love you Dad (and I’ll be telling you in person too!!) When I look back over my life, especially my teenage years it was my relationship with my Dad that kept me; it kept me connected to the family, it kept me connected to God and it kept me in balance with all the other things going on in my life. So thank you Dad.
It is something that I have encouraged Peter in – to build, to specifically and intentionally build his relationship with his girls. Dads and their boys – they have natural opportunities as they work and play sports together to make a connection (just as girls do as we cook, sew and scrapbook together) – yes, I’m being very stereotyped but in most families this is true. Dads need to make an effort to keep those connections with their girls, especially as they grow up (just as Mums need to make an effort to keep those connections with their boys.) So today’s newsletter is how we, as Mums can help Dads build great relationships with their kids.
Live life with your kids!
Helping Dad be Dad
Our children’s relationship with their father is one of the most important relationships they will have. My father was my stability, my security, regardless of what else was going on. Regardless of moving towns and schools, of failing friendships and bad decisions – he was there and I knew it. I want that for each of my children. How can I, as mum, help this to happen?
Love your husband and let it show
Let go so he can come in
Build him up
Keep him informed
And a word to the dads….
You can help Mums be Mums by
It is so easy to focus on how I’m going to build relationships – let us rise to the challenge of helping each other build strong relationships.
Have you seen my new e-book? Heart Focus Parenting - A heart focused parent will keep their attention on their child's heart for God, instead of on external behaviours.
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