Save the date! Mark your calendars now.
We are approximately one year away from acknowledging our appreciation for Fathers once again. 11 months for our Mothers.
I enjoyed “my day” yesterday. My children make me so unbelievably happy when they’re not driving me nuts. Nevertheless, that’s parenthood. I wouldn’t change it for the world.
Here’s a thought: Shouldn’t we, as parents, be living a life worthy of celebrating every day? Couldn’t we model the type of leadership in our homes that is respected and replicated by our children?
It’s ridiculous to expect a verbal display of daily appreciation and praise, but we can certainly create a parenting life worthy of more frequent fanfare. I’ve decided on three ways to do this as a father:
- Be authentic. Do what I say I’m going to do. Children have an incredible memory and will remember the time you said you’d take them to get ice cream and never did.
- Be transparent. My children don’t need a macho, bulletproof dad. They need to recognize that I am human. I can apologize for my mistakes as easily as I can breathe belief and optimism into their lives. It’s ironic, when you show your children your humanity, you become Superman (macho and bulletproof).
- Most importantly, constantly tell them I love them and I’m happy to be their Daddy! This one takes authenticity and transparency.
I challenge you to live a life worth celebrating daily. It’s contagious. One day your grandchildren will thank you for it.
Add to my list! What are some behaviors you’ll choose to model as a parent? Leave me a comment; I’d love to hear from you.