LYL #086 – Happy Belated Father’s Day – How to Be a Great Father

We finally got around to creating a Father’s Day episode! Is it Father’s Day? Of course not, it is a long way from Father’s Day, but in the true spirit of our fathers, we decided it was better late than never to talk about dads. On this episode of The Live Your List Show your hosts Jerrod and Ryan discuss their favorite holidays, share how to be a great father, and what their favorite memories with their dads.  

LYL #086 - Happy Belated Father's Day - How to Be a Great Father

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11-11 Make a List Christmas

How to Be a Great Father

1. Be there. There is an epidemic of missing fathers. If you want to be a great father, the most important thing is to be there. Show your child that they are a priority in your life by being there

2. Don’t think you have to be perfect. Because you are not going to be. That fact that you are trying is what matters. Put in some effort and be intentional on getting better, but most importantly try. 

3. Take five minutes. The number of minutes doesn’t really matter, what matters is that you take some time to answer your child’s requests before you continue your tasks. Talk with them, play with them, help them, and then get on your way. It reminds them that they are a priority.

4. Wherever you are, be all of the way there. We are living in a time where we are more distracted than ever. When you are with your child, put away the phone, turn off the TV, put aside the work. Your kids do not just want your physical presence, they want your heart and minds.  

Nick Collison Picks of the Day

1. Dad Life by Church on the Move.

2. Project Dad by Todd Cartmell. Every dad wants to be a great dad. But what does it take to build a great dad? What raw materials does one need? And how do you put them all together? Designed for the do it yourselfer in every man, Project Dad is a humorous, biblically based guidebook to becoming a great dad. With short, entertaining chapters that cover five key components, this guidebook encourages fathers to raise their children with a renewed sense of purpose in order to positively impact them in their adult life.

3. 52 Things Kids Need From Their Dad by Jay Payleitner. Quite a few dads spend time with their kids. However, many have no clue what their kids really need. Author Jay Payleitner, veteran dad of five, who’s also struggled with how to build up his children’s lives. His 52 Things Kids Need from a Dad combines straightforward features with step-up-to-the-mark challenges men will appreciate.

4. Resolution for Men by Stephen Kendrick. The Resolution for Men is the inspiring book born out of Courageous, a new film by the makers ofFireproof coming to theaters nationwide in fall 2011. The movie, which presents a powerful story of strong male leadership, is an emotionally charged wake-up call to fathers whose influence upon their children and society is immeasurable. The Resolution for Men follows to challenge men of all ages to become as bold and intentional about embracing their responsibilities as leaders of their homes, marriages, and children..

Fired Up Quotes

“Your daughter will not learn how a man should treat a woman by how her father treats her, yet by how her father treats her mother.” – Richard Eller (Tweet That)

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