That’s My Dad

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That’s My Dad

Making a mark

What mark are you going to leave on your kids?

In our last post we discussed how our dad can show up in our lives even when they are no longer around. It’s pretty astounding when you think about it. If you haven’t read that short post “Like Father, Like Son“, read it here.

My question for you is: What are the top 3 ways you would like to show up in your child’s life when you aren’t around?

Put it this way – what mark would you most like to make on your child’s personality so that when they are grown-ups they express it in their adult lives?

As noted in this month’s featured video (“I hated my dad.“), it doesn’t matter whether your kids want to be like you or not. You are going to influence the person they become in such a significant way that it’s as if you are living through them. In the most unsuspecting of moments our children will realize that their behavior as adults are uniquely the result of our own behavior towards them.

As adults, our kids will reference their own choices and say “That’s My Dad”.

What do you want those choices to look like?

Be intentional

By being the dad on purpose we have the opportunity to be intentional about how we influence the people our kids become. Does this mean being more thoughtful and considerate in the way our kids experience us? Of course it does. How do we handle stress? How do we handle mistakes? What are we excited about? How do we express what matters most? These are challenging things to consider, but I know you are up for the challenge. So….

What are three things about who you are (or who you want to be) that you’d like to stick with your child as they get older?

Let us know in the comments below!


Abiding Fathers is a Biblical fatherhood discipleship ministry committed to helping men be the dad…God wants them to be. It’s a movement of God that is “International-Relational-Generational”. Join with us. We need you!


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