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Wednesday, April 30 2014

It helps to be able to text, even if you don’t use your thumbs. Being on Facebook is important if your kids are – it is okay to mandate being ‘friended’. Technological connectivity is important but don’t forget physical presence, emotional engagement and spiritual leadership.

Tips for connecting:

  1. Ask open-ended questions around the dinner table – “What was the highlight of your day?” or “What challenges did you face at school today?”
  2. Initiate spiritual discussions – A good starting point is referencing the scripture the pastor used in Sunday’s sermon. Help your daughter or son tune in to the practical application of God’s word today.
  3. Be alert to disconnect - isolation with technology through excessive computer games or long hours in their room. I encourage playing the games with them to ensure they are appropriate (but don’t get hooked). Computers, including phones, should be used in a common area of the home. (One dad initiated turning off all phones at night and leaving them in his room after an agreed upon hour. The kids were a lot easier to wake up in the morning!)
  4. Commit time on their turf – make their games, host events, help the youth minister at every opportunity, chaperone church trips.
  5. Schedule routine one-on-one time – date nights, weekend retreats and/or extended trips. Be intentional at key junctures such as middle school to high school transition, turning sixteen, high school graduation, etc…

Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord. – Ephesians 6:4. Exasperation is often the result of an overdose of rules and control. Instead, focus your efforts on connecting emotionally and leading spiritually by example.

A faithful father is intentional in his efforts to connect emotionally and lead spiritually by example.

Posted by: Wertz AT 09:38 pm   |  Permalink   |  1 Comment  |  Email
I really enjoy your posts and this one ranks with the best. Your comment to "Commit time on their turf" is something I have been pondering lately. Your word confirmed my pondering. Time for action. You are a blessing and the Father is using you. Don't quit!
Posted by Darryl on 05/01/2014 - 11:28 PM

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