1 daughter: 10 Years old.
3. Toughest part of your Job as a Dad / Mistake(s) made/ Any Regrets in your journey.
My daughter is as gentle as they come, a true girly girl. We have had to have many conversations over the years about “finding your voice” and “standing up for yourself” in this tough world. Many times we are her outlet for that discovery i.e. allowing her to be expressive and find that voice. The challenge comes with balancing that need and the also very important need for her to not cross the line of disrespect or dishonor towards us. I have to lean heavily on the Father’s help for the correct response in every scenario and regrettably, I don’t always get it right, but it’s something I continue to work on.
4. Greatest Joy(s) experienced in your role.
There are so many;
Her greetings are simply the best, that glowing smile, the warm hugs and kisses make anything that preceded it fade away.
Then I think back to witnessing the amazing miracle of her birth, watching how she genuinely cares for and about others, to sitting quietly listening to her present in class and just being so proud and in love with the amazing, beautiful, intelligent and funny young lady she is growing into right before my eyes. She is truly a gem.
5. Nugget(s) of Wisdom you would want to share with other Dads.
Give your child a solid spiritual foundation, teach them early to fear God (Proverb 1:7) as this is key to their success in life. Pray for them.
Don’t just talk the talk, walk the walk. Model what you teach as they will do what you do more so than what you say.
Continue to grow and improve in every area of your life as a man and as a Father. Never let your shortcomings (fears, indiscipline, weaknesses etc.) rob them of any of their potential.
No matter how hard it gets, never walk away from your post. Your presence in your child’s life is indispensable. Even if they don’t fully realise it now, they will eventually.
Remember you are not alone, help is always available. Never be too proud to seek it out.