Daniel Darling, author, pastor, speaker / Posts tagged "Fatherhood"

Celebrating Father’s Day

As we celebrate Father's Day, I thought I'd link to some of my posts on fatherhood: 10 Things Nobody Tells You About Being a Dad This is, by far, my most popular post. In this I share some serious and some not-so-serious reflections on the surprises of fatherhood. 5 Things Every Daughter Needs to Hear From Her Dad There is something about having a daughter that softens a man, adds a certain tenderness to his soul. In that spirit, I share five things every daughter needs to hear from her father. 5 Things Every Son Needs to Hear From His Dad Fathering your sons is a serious job, men. And so in that spirit, I offer five things every son needs to hear from his father:  Dads Should Lead on Thanksgiving I wrote this a few years ago, thinking about a Father's role in establishing good holiday traditions. Do This For Dad on Father's Day A short post on how...

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5 Things Every Daughter Needs to Hear From Her Dad

I'm a father of four beautiful children, three of whom are girls. My oldest daughter is eight years old and with each passing year since her birth, I've become more conservative when it comes to all things that pertain to my girls. I'm not a gun enthusiast, but I could be if it meant standing at the porch waiting for the first guy who dares to ask one of my daughters on a date. Seriously though, I love having daughters. There is something about having a daughter that softens a man, adds a certain tenderness to his soul. In that spirit, I'd like to share five things every daughter needs to hear from her father: 1) You are beautiful and you are loved. This is something you should tell your daughter at least once a day and probably more than that. Telling her once every so often doesn't cut it. I'm no...

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10 Things Nobody Tells You About Being a Dad

Before I became a dad, I thought I would be a pretty good dad. After all I grew up in a nice, Christian home, I read a few parenting books, and heard quite a few messages on biblical parenting. So I was set. The kids I would raise would be fortunate to have me as their father. Then, a funny thing happened. I actually became a dad for the first time. First came Grace, then Daniel Jr, then Emma, and finally Lily. I'm now a father of four and I know much less about parenting than I did before I became a parent. I've realized that there are certain things about fatherhood you can only learn until you actually become a dad. Here are ten: 1) You are much less patient than you think you are. Oh, you think you're a loving, patient, sweet peach of man. You'll be the guy playing catch...

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Dads Should Lead on Thanksgiving

In the last few years, the Thanksgiving holiday has slowly been redefined by overeating, crank in-laws, lots of NFL football, and early Christmas sales. Now, I enjoy all of those things (yes, even the cranky in-laws). But if we are not careful, we can allow a grand moment for worship and thanks to pass us by as we're grabbing for the remote and more pumpkin pie. This is where I think Dads can lead their families with a bit of courage and a lot of creativity. As the spiritual leader in the home, Dads have a job to set the tone. I'm not saying we need a five-hour sermon series on the finer points of thankfulness and the history of Squanto, but at times in the Thanksgiving holiday, Dad needs to make some right turns and steer the family toward some expressions of gratitude. This could be a throat-clearing moment at...

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