Ahh, summertime. Who doesn’t look forward to a little warm weather and relaxation? Lots of time with the family gives you plenty of opportunities to make an impact on them. However, remind yourself that your kids look up to you; not only for your strengths but also for your imperfections. So commit yourself this summer to being a role model you’ll want your kids to follow. To be that role model, there are things to avoid. Here are 3 things dads should avoid this summer.
When my wife and I found out we were going to be parents, we immediately knew we needed wisdom. There was a couple with grown kids we asked to meet with to ask questions. Little did we know but a number of other couples had asked them for the same thing. They ended up hosting all of us for dinner to discuss parenthood. Some of the things they said were so simple I couldn’t believe I hadn’t thought of it myself.
There are many parents that fear the teenage years. That fear may be merited because these are the years that the relationship between the kid and the family is being redefined. The importance of friends rises for them, while the parents and siblings fall. The fruit of your labor is not as easily seen as it used to be. In some cases, it may even seem like your influence is outright rejected. If so, hang in there.