Are You A Father? It’s Time To Get Intentional
Being a father has been, without a doubt, my greatest source of achievement, pride and inspiration. Fatherhood has taught me about unconditional love, reinforced the importance of giving back and taught me how to be a better person.
Our world needs fathers who are present, attentive, and intentional. Our world is plagued with poor examples of fatherhood. We see fathers abandoning their families physically, spiritually, and emotionally.
It’s time for a change!
I’ve been a father for over 18 years.
Fatherhood has brought me some of the greatest challenges in life and some of the greatest experiences of life.
My kids are wonderful, but I’ve wrestled through sleepless nights, paralyzing fears, car accidents, and a calendar that won’t give me a break.
On the other hand, my kids have given me the chance to experience victories on the track and cross-country course, emotional highs while listening to their music, and times to just be together.
18 years of fatherhood has gone by so quickly. When I first started on this parenting journey, I didn’t feel like some of the early struggles would ever end. Then I blinked. Now, I’m ready to send my oldest to college.
When you become a father, you have two choices. You can just let it happen. Or you can be intentional with how you parent your kids.
I’ve tried to be intentional when it coming to fathering my children, but if I’m honest, there have been many times when I’ve just let it happen.
It’s easy to let the distractions of life, of career, and of personal pursuit get in the way of being the fathers we really need to be for our children, our spouses, and our future grandchildren. We have a responsibility to provide for our families, but we also have a responsibility to be present for them.
If you’re a dad and you feel like you could do a better job, you’re not alone. You need to know this. You need to know that you can start TODAY to be more intentional when it comes to fatherhood.
Part of being a more intentional father involves hanging out with other fathers who want to make the most of their time of fatherhood. You need this kind of community for ideas, encouragement, and accountability. Trying to be a more intentional father without the help of others may work for a short period of time, but your efforts will be much more effective when you team up with other dads.
If you’re missing out on this kind of community with other fathers, let me know. I’m in the early stages of planning a Stretched Dad Mastermind group. I don’t have all the details yet, but I’m hoping to launch in September. If you sign up below, I’ll get back to you with more information.