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Memories of Father’s Day

Memories of Father’s Day

For those who didn’t have a warm and loving relationship with their dads, Father’s Day can bring back sad memories. While I wish it was otherwise, I’m sure that many of you reading this post have those kind of memories.

What makes it extra sad is that often those poor fathering traits are passed down from one generation to another. But it doesn’t have to be that way. This Father’s Day would be a great time for you to make the commitment that your children will not grow up with memories that make them sad because of you.

So what can you do?

  • Sit down and make a list of the things your dad did wrong, and then make a list of how you can do the complete opposite.
  • Make a list of the things you wish you’d had with your dad. Memories of playing ball in the yard after dinner. Laughter while fishing together. Snuggling on the couch while watching a movie. Or (you fill in the blank.) Then make sure your children have those kind of memories.
  • Say the words “I love you” and say them often.
  • Make your family your priority. If there’s a choice to be made, God and family should always come out on top.
  • Apologize when warranted. We all make mistakes, but hearing the words “I’m sorry” from you will have a big impact on your children.
  • Give hugs and kisses. Even teens need physical affection from you—and if they don’t get it from you, they’ll seek it elsewhere.
  • Be loving and kind to your spouse. When your children know you love their mom, it gives them great security.
  • Be generous with compliments. Those words will build self-esteem in your children.
  • Ask your children what you can do to be a better dad. Ask them what they need from you.
  •  Spend time with them. It’s one of the most precious gifts you can give them. Consider having a one-on-one date with each child. Let your children pick what you’ll do. They’ll feel special, and isn’t that what you want?
  • Ask God to make you the dad you want to be—and the dad He wants you to be.

Give your children the gift of an involved and loving dad. Then every year on Father’s Day, they’ll look back with love and appreciation for the father who touched their lives with love and joy each day.

Happy Father’s Day to all of you. Set the pattern of a great dad, and pass that down from generation to generation!

By: Michelle Cox is the creator/developer of the Just 18 Summers® brand of parenting resources and products. Her novel, Just 18 Summers (co-authored with Rene Gutteridge), is available now. Michelle would love to speak at your event! Visit her at, on Facebook and, and on Twitter @michelleinspire.

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