Planning on dropping a few pounds? Giving up caffeine? Reading a book a month?
These are all great resolutions, but you might want to add one …
How about making a resolution about being a better father?
Likely, the best way you can improve as a dad is by spending more time with your children …
You could create a standing date with your son.
Or, instead of sitting down and watching the news, you could spend the first 30 minutes with your kids when you walk in the door.
Why not take your daughter on that weekend trip you’ve been promising her?
If you are like me, your biggest concern in relating to your kids is probably finding the time.
So take out your calendar right now and mark out blocks of time to spend with each child. Then, get your hands on your kids’ school calendar and make sure you can attend the special events.
And here are two more Action Items for being a good father in 2012:
1. Take our Championship Fathering Profile – www.fathers.com/profile. Then—to make sure you keep your commitments—take it again in June or July. Be sure to schedule a reminder right now.
2. Go public! You’ll be a lot more likely to keep your commitment if you post your resolution publicly. Be sure to leave a comment below!
This New Year, don’t just make resolutions. Make commitments. Turn ideals into reality, and reach for greatness as a dad.
P.S. My resolution this year is to take my son Chance with me on business trips at least four times throughout the year, so we can spend more time together and he can see first-hand the importance of pursuing a vocation with passion.
Carey Casey is the CEO of the National Center for Fathering, a nonprofit organization dedicated to changing the culture of fathering in America by enlisting 6.5 million fathers who to make the Championship Fathering Commitment – www.fathers.com/cf. NCF believes that every child needs a dad they can count on, and uses its resources to inspire and equip men to be the involved fathers, grandfathers and father figures their children need. Subscribe to his weekly email tip by clicking here: “Yes! I want tips on how to be a dad who loves, coaches, mentors, and inspires my children.” – www.fathers.com/weekly