Words from a Father

Husband of One, Father of Four

Tag: parenting

503. Memory

Kids remember.

Stop and consider this seriously. Keep it foremost in your mind.

Kids remember.

486. Siblings Forever

We’re your parents and we’ll fight for you, but your siblings will be your closest and most faithful comrades throughout life if you let them. Nurture trust in that relationship and encourage each other often. Go to bat for each other. The investment is well worth the return for a forever friend.

477. Essay: Good Parenting

You are not a good parent based on how many gifts you give your children. You are a good parent based on how you take your responsibilities toward them: how you steward their heart; how you relate your love and enjoyment of them to them individually; how you instill stronger values in them than what you observe in your culture; how you invite them into greatness; how you encourage their giftings; and how you challenge them toward greater maturity.

449. Shows Parents Will Enjoy

Young kids like to watch shows, and they really like it when you watch with them. Pick ones you think are witty or interesting so you won’t be bored out of your mind. Try these:

  • Word Girl
  • Ruff Ruffman
  • Signing Time (surprisingly good music for a kid’s show)
  • Veggie Tales
  • Garfield and Friends (the original is funnier than the computer animated one)
  • Phineas and Ferb

436. Full Life

The way to a full life is to spend it on the memorable and the eternal.

427. Good Versus Right

Parenting well is not about being right, but about being good. For instance, being right in a family disagreement — or any type of disagreement — is far less important than being charitable, upright, and true with those involved.

426. The Legacy of Overcoming

We are not wounded by the victories of character in our parents, but by how their character has failed.

That means, then, that a large portion of parenting is being able to overcome your own vices in such a way that you pass on your victories to your children rather than your failures.

425. Baby Sleep

Sleep when the baby sleeps. It won’t last longer than two hours.

424. Newborn Worries

Don’t worry. You’re going to be a great parent. Better than us probably.

423. Food for Newborns

Never give honey to a newborn baby. And don’t give cabbage or broccoli to a new mother.

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