2. Two Children, Males - 11 and 12
3.Toughest part of my Job as a Dad – Mistake(s) made/ Any Regrets
The toughest part of my Job as a Dad is administering that rod of discipline accurately every time. Frustration kicks in at times – our words seem to be falling on deaf ears. The pressure builds and it gets the better of you - so that the correction with godly wisdom and loving kindness can instead be done sometimes in anger. There were times I had to say “Boys, I am sorry. Please forgive me.” I knew in my heart that although disciplinary action was required, it did not demonstrate the love and grace I too received, multiple times over.
4.Greatest Joy experienced in my role.
Being able and available to respond, “Yes my precious son,” every time I heard “Dada,” until now when I hear the ever-constant call, “Daddy!” So grateful to be present to watch them grow over the years, from the moment I knew of their conception until today. This journey has been a joyous experience – not saying every moment was a happy one – but it has been worth every step of the way! Truth is, I could not have experienced such joy in this role as ‘Daddy’ without ‘Mommy’, so I thank God for her always!
5.Nugget(s) of Wisdom I want to share with other Dads.
You might not be the perfect dad but choose to be the present dad!
…and I don’t mean be a dad who turns up with lots of presents….be the dad whose presence is the present. BE Present!!! I only understood fatherlessness at age 36 when my father died. Both Mom and Dad were always there for us. This was one of their biggest acts of love and we too can do this for our children. To ‘bring them up’ as Ephesians 6 tells us, we must be present!