What Dads Need to Tell and Do with Their Children

Dads -- Do you know what you are getting for Father's Day? Will it be another tie, or some cheap cologne? How about a card, or a coupon for 100 kisses (I'll take the latter, please).

Whether you get a gift or not, know that the most important thing about being a Dad isn't what you get, but what you give. Of course, part of this giving is physical provision, which is why we get up and go to work each day.

However, don't forget that another primary role is to teach. Our kids have so much to learn about life, and God gave them the gift of a father to teach them.

In that respect, check out these articles that give you some ideas of what you teach and do for your children.

5 Things Every Son Needs to Hear From His Dad 
  1. You are loved.
  2. I'm proud of you.
  3. You're not a slacker, you're a soldier.
  4. Hard work is a gift, not a curse.
  5. You are gifted, but you are not God.
5 Things Every Daughter Needs to Hear From Her Dad
  1. You are beautiful and you are loved.
  2. Your mother is beautiful and she is loved.
  3. You belong to God and were created for His glory. 
  4. You are forgiven. 
  5. You are accepted.  
Dads, Daughters, and Valentine's Day.  I know -- it's not Valentine's Day. But Ed Sweeny gives a great reminder that we must be intentional with our daughters all year long, not just on February 14. "What if our daughters grew up with the general understanding that men were imperfect, yet purposeful, in the way they loved and chased after the women in their lives?"

The Importance of Roughhousing With Your Kids.  You can read the post, or you can watch this video below. Better yet, do both. You need to roughhouse with your kids, because:
  1. It boosts your kid's resilience.
  2. It makes your kids smarter. 
  3. It builds social intelligence. 
  4. It teaches your kids morality.
  5. It gets your kids physically active.  
  6. It builds the father-child bond. 

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  1. Great post! It's interesting to see the differences in focus between boys and girls. Everything seems sound and as a woman I can definitely attest to the value of the messages regarding dads and their daughters. I think much of those words are ideas that I either cherished hearing or longed to hear from my dad growing up. I am also grateful that it seems my husband instinctively does a lot of this for our daughter. It is encouraging to know that these simple messages are helping to build her up and foster lifelong meaning/ value in her life.