Do you have a hard time getting your children to honor their dad? Are the kids bored when he comes home? Do they not pay much attention to him?
What attitude are YOU exemplifying to them?
In our home, my husband is the head. He is the one we follow – as he follows Jesus. We want his vision and direction for our family to be the leading guide for our family. I want the children and I to line up like ducks in a row behind his leadership. Whether his leadership is what I want it to look like or not. (Did you hear that one, ladies?? More on that one later this week.)
How can we raise a spirit of excitement in our children for who their father is before God in our homes?
First we start off by being THRILLED with him ourselves! Our children will take our lead (especially when they are young).
- am I excited to see him come home?
- is Daddy walking in the door the best part of my day?
- do I find myself irritated that he is home and IN MY WAY?
- do I regard or disregard what he says at home?
- do I build anticipation in my children’s heart’s for daddy’s return to the home?
One thing I’ve done since the children were just babies was to start the preparation for Dad coming home about a half hour before he did. I would joyfully say, “Hey everybody!! Daddy’s coming home! Let’s make the house just like he likes it. So everybody get busy.” We’d hustle and bustle around and clean what was important for DAD to have cleaned (Kevin likes the couches to be cleared). We’d get cleaned up (particularly me, if I hadn’t showered). All the while I’d be cheering us on that we are wanting Daddy to know how much we love him, how much we respect him, how much we want to be following right behind him “like ducks in a row!”
When he’d come in the door, there was no room for me – everyone was hugging and kissing and shouting, “HOORAY! Daddy’s home!” I’d stay in the other room to give him a chance to enjoy the moment and detach himself, put away his things and settle in. Then I’d go and greet him.
Even today, my children all have great respect, love and honor for Dad. For us it has been easy, because he IS a man of honor. BUT the point for my children is that they were trained from infancy to see Dad as God’s head of our home. When he walked in that door HE was in charge.
Teaching our children to love and obey and respect their dads helps them learn to love and obey and respect God.
What has worked in YOUR house to teach your children to line up, like ducks in a row, behind Dad at your home? Share your stories as a comment or in a blog post you link up.
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