Dads have an important job description as they lead from the heart – to paint an accurate image of God the Father by the brush of their example.
I’m sure most of what I have to say applies equally to moms but today I am thinking about dads in their role as leaders in the home.
The foundation of your kids’ emotional, intellectual and spiritual maturity is rooted in the certainty of being your beloved child. One way dads can image the Father is by affirming their children as God the Father did for Jesus on the day of His Baptism, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”
Here are eight practical ways for dads to lead from the heart and affirm your kids.
#1 Lead From the Heart With Spoken Words:
At any given moment you can speak a word of encouragement, “Hey, Thomas, I’ve noticed how positive you’ve been with your younger siblings. I really appreciate it and so do they. Well done.” Verbal affirmation doesn’t have to be elaborate, just make sure it’s sincere.
#2 Lead From the Heart With Quality Time:
Busyness is a modern-day-curse. What you do with your free time communicates what matters most to you. Your kids know how busy you are, giving them quality time speaks a loud message of love to their hearts. Kids spell love T.I.M.E. (thank you Steve Wood).
#3 Lead From the Heart With Lunch Bag Notes:
Take out an index card and write something like, “Five Incredible Qualities I See in You: 1) You always work hard at soccer practice, 2) You clean up after you make a mess in the kitchen, 3) You use your words to bless others, 4) You have a deep peace in your heart when things are stressful, 5) You are generous with your video games.” Full disclosure: I learned this idea from Author, Anthony Parisi.
#4 Lead From the Heart With Surprise Gifts:
Pick up a gift for no reason other than to say, “I was thinking of you.” The gift doesn’t have to be expensive. A carton of chocolate milk is one of my favorites which I can pick up at any gas station for less than $2. The art of gift-giving may not come naturally to you, but somebody in your life can probably help.
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Source: Church Leaders