Dads, I want to hit briefly on a subject that is near and dear to my heart…
Your kids’ behavior.
Look, you are not their pal. You are not their friend. You are their dad, their father. Nowhere are you called to be concerned about being their buddy. But you are called to raise them into adults that are wholesome and balanced.
What many dads don’t realize is that when they are first a “father”, and they embody the kind of leader and mentor that their kids yearn for, they’ll naturally become close and bonded, like a friend; but so much more than just a friend.
When you’re in public, don’t be a coward and not engage your kids’ bad behavior. That just makes me think that you’re too worried about what others think. If your kid is running up and down the aisles at the store, or worse, during the church service, BE A MAN, and intercede to stop the uncontrolled behavior. A man doesn’t wait for his wife to handle it; he takes initiative and engages the problem.
In the moment might not be the best time to instruct or counsel your kid about the wrong behavior, but you still should put a stop to it.
C’mon guys, be men!