What Dads Can Do
Some ideas you can pray about implementing are
1. Learn how to say no.
2. Pause non-family-centric hobbies while
the kids are young. If your hobbies are
major time drains, consider their necessity. You might wonder, “So, you want
me to not have any fun or ‘me-time’
while my kids are young?” No. As Manhood Journey Co-Founder Kent Evans
says, “I want you to find your fun and
your ‘me-time’ in serving your family.
This world tells us we’re happy when focusing on ourselves. But, Christ tells us
to find joy in serving others.”
Challenge #3: Dads struggle with
disciplining and training.
Fathers want to set the right boundaries,
battle disrespect, establish obedience, and
have their children understand what they
expect of them.
The way one dad said it was, “Trying
to raise them up in a world of expectation
and entitlement, I used to think it was just
my kids but have realized it’s our world
mentality. . .”
What Dads Can Do
1. Invest for long-term. Some days are
up; some are down. We can’t become
day-traders only focused on short-term
gains and losses. Instead, let’s be trend
spotters, consistently investing in the
long term view.
2. Connect with other guys. You can always learn from wise friends and be
encouraged—even if it’s a reminder you
3. Take advantage of great parenting
resources. If you feel like you’re flying
blind as a parent, it’s probably not for a
lack of great resources to help you. But, I’d
suggest family resources like Family Life
Today and Focus on the Family to start.
We released this report for one reason: to
fight. I hope this information causes you to
fight! We want to fight the feelings of failure
and help dads lead as God intended. I hope
this article causes you to take heart, guard
yourself, and press on for the high calling
in Christ Jesus.
I encourage you to download the State
of Biblical Fatherhood, and dig deeper
into solutions in the report. We have many
more responses from dads here: http://info
Ryan Sanders is the Director of Outreach at
Manhood Journey. Ryan is married to Tonia,
and they have two daughters and one son. He
lives in Reston, Virginia, serves at McLean
Bible Church in the Washington, D.C., area
and is a diehard Redskins fan. Learn about
Ryan at: blog.manhoodjourney.org/new-staff
-ryan-sanders and find him on Twitter:
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