How’s your summer going? My wife and I were laying in bed last night and she reminded me only a few more weeks are left until the kids start school back up.
That got me thinking…
Now would be a good time for us dads to consider how much time we’ve spent with our children this summer, and how important it is to them that we do.
How much personal time have you given to each of your children since they’ve been on summer break?
Has it been minimal, or have you intentionally put your work and personal interests on hold so that you can be in your child’s world?
Have you spent time reading together? Talking together? Gone on walks, hikes, bike rides? Taken a family vacation together? Gone swimming together? Taken your daughter out on dates? Gone fishing, canoeing, or a myriad of other fun outdoor activities with your son?
The list of ways to spend one-on-one time with our children is only limited by our creativity — and level of intentionality.
I read this quote recently… “The thing our children need most is often in the shortest supply — our time.”
They don’t care or need the “stuff” that a good paying job with long hours can provide. Children of all ages spell love T-I-M-E. And time with dad is unrivaled in their mind.
Now before you begin this mental review of your summer schedule, watch the short video we’ve below. It has a powerful ending, so be sure and watch it to the very end.
Then take some time THIS WEEK to determine how you can give each one of your children, AND your wife, more of your time.
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Image credit: Ben Martin
Joey Watkins is the father of 3 children (with the fourth one on the way)! He and his wife Judy live in Atlanta, GA. As founder of FamilyDads.com, Joey’s vision is to help fathers of all ages discover their “father power,” which is the level of influence, or importance they have in the lives and destinies of their children, and to effectively lead, love, serve, and bless their family.