What Every Dad Wants From His Kids

Have you ever thought about what dads really want?

Some of us have dads who’ve pushed us hard over the years, maybe a little too hard. Others of us have dads who showed up but then one day
dropped out of the picture or gave up entirely. While it may not seem like it, each of these are indicators of what your dad really wants—the questions deep in his heart: Have I been a good father? Have I made a difference?

You may be thinking, You have no idea how my dad treated me! He doesn't care about being a good father! This may be how he made you feel, but the truth is, I’ve never met a man who didn’t have that question, who didn’t wonder if he could have done things differently. I’ve spent time with men in prison who ask this same question. The reality is, most men don’t know how to be a good father and feel like they’ve completely blown it.

Romans 5:8 says, “but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

Think about that for a moment. God showed His love for you while you were still broken. Often times, we wait on the ‘other person’ to get it right or to apologize in order to restore the relationship. The problem is that healing doesn’t work that way. It always starts with one person crossing over and making the first step. Just like Jesus took the first step for you and for me.

How many movies are out there today where the dad is the hero? Not many. What if you answer that question for your dad could help him become the father he was meant to be?

Dad, you do matter. Your life matters to me.! I need you in my life and I want you to know that you make a difference to me. I know our relationship needs work, but I want to work on it together.

Most of the dads I coach love their kids but don't know how to be a good father because they didn't have a dad who knew how to father them either. Why don't you help change your dad's story by modeling with encouragement, the words he never got to hear from his own dad. 

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Published on July 31, 2019.

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