As we prepare to celebrate the birth of our nation, I have three brief thoughts for your fathering:
First, a glimpse into holidays with the Caseys. There are some years when we get to host all our grandkids in our home—sometimes without their parents. (We have 9 grandkids now.) You want to see real fireworks? Just hang out with those kids for a while, especially when they haven’t all been together for a few months. It’s always interesting and exciting.
I hope you’ll get to celebrate with your children. (And if you can’t be with them this weekend, find another time to relax, celebrate, and just enjoy each other.)
Second, do something to help your children appreciate their freedom as Americans. You can talk about it with them and/or attend a patriotic event in your area.
Another great idea is to get them together with a war veteran or two. If they think it’s hot where you are this weekend, their perspective might change if they heard stories from someone who served in Iraq, who carried 60 pounds of gear for hours in 135-degree heat, wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants.
And finally, celebrate the fact that you’re making a difference for your country. That’s right: fathering is patriotic. As you’re faithful in your commitment to your children—investing yourself to raise them right—you are doing something courageous.
It’s like we’re on-the-ground troops in the fight for children. And when we all do our part in our own families and with other children who need us, we’ll help take care of many of society’s challenges——crime, healthcare, education, and much more—for future generations. If we really care about the future of our country, we should be thinking about how to best nurture and protect our children.
How do you teach your children about the greatness of their country? Please leave a comment at this week’s blog or on our Facebook page.
Action Points for Dads on the Journey
- Ask your children what one change they would make to improve our country.
- Next time you see a member of the military in public—at the mall, the airport, the park, etc.—go out of your way to talk with him for a few minutes and tell him “thank you.” If your children are with you, make sure they join you.
- Even if you aren’t traveling this July 4th weekend, take a day and act like you’re on vacation at home. Turn off your cell phone, computer and TV, and plan something fun with your kids.
- If you have been in the armed forces, tell your children what it was like to serve your country. If you haven’t, ask a relative or friend who’s a veteran to share his or her thoughts and experiences with you and your kids.
Carey Casey works with the National Center for Fathering, a nonprofit organization seeking to improve the lives of children and establish a positive fathering and family legacy that will impact future generations by inspiring and equipping fathers and father figures to be actively engaged in the life of every child. We encourage you to help us change the culture of fathering in America by joining the Championship Fathering Team. You can also sign up for Carey’s weekly email tips by clicking here: “Yes! I want tips on how to be a great dad who lives out loving, coaching and modeling for my children.