Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger by the way you treat them. Rather, bring them up with the discipline and instruction that comes from the Lord. Eph. 6:4
Sisters of the Society of Helicopter Moms, today you are being called to stop hovering. Today is the day you will let go and let Dad.
Today the pact is being signed, sealed and delivered. We will not get in Dad’s way of his God-given responsibility to raise his children, be involved in their lives and develop personal, intimate relationships with his children-without our prompting, criticism or on looking.
Today you will resolve to not speak of the way the children are:
If your daughter is wearing winter boots on a 90 degree day, you will smile. If your son has on Thomas shoes, Batman pants and a Superman cape, you will tell him he looks awesome. If nothing is coordinated, weather appropriate or clean, you will give Dad a kiss on the cheek thanking him for the Dad he is.
You will not judge if they are:
If their hair is matted, they have boogers in their nose and poo under their finger nails you will not say a word and quietly take your child to the closest bathroom for an emergency manicure.
Don’t ask, “So what’d you have for dinner?” Just don’t ask. One meal or an entire weekend of chicken nuggets will not insure stunted growth or scurvy.
Whether he is throwing them in the air or throwing knives in the backyard (true story), you will be thankful your kids are not pansies.
Now throw out all your control issues, fear and image consciousness and let go and let Dad!
This post was inspired by my amazing husband and father to my children, who does this: