Father & Son

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As a father, we learn through experience that our kids change very quickly, as do the roles that we must play.  In looking across each of the natural age stages that a child goes through, it is helpful to note the a father’s love & encouragement are a common need across each stage that our kids desperately need from us.  They need to know that we love them, that we will always ‘have their back’, and that we will always be their biggest fan…no matter what.  It is this assurance that will help your child push forward when the world is telling them they can’t succeed.
It’s also helpful to think about our key goals & the resulting impact on our kids for each of these key life stages.  Looking at these as a way to help us identify the end goal for this stage of their life is incredibly helpful and will enable you to stay on track, even when life gets crazy.
Child’s AgeRole of FatherGoal/Resulting Impact on Child
Young ChildLove & encouragement, protection from danger, instruction, physical touch & play, disciplineLearns right from wrong through parents teaching right from wrong, & using consequences for actions; child knows that God loves them; learns how to interact with dad; “Daddy’s boy” or "Daddy's little girl"
Pre/Early TeensLove & encouragement,
less protection; more
instruction & training, coaching
Begins learning how to make wise choices on own; has more mature understanding of God’s love and a relationship with him; has solid self-
confidence; chooses good friends
Teenage YearsLove & encouragement,
more coaching, & counseling
More consistent wise choices; self-confident; understanding of money, how to think about dating; builds strong relationships; chooses good friends
CollegeLove & encouragement,
more counseling relationally
(girls/friends), financially,
Solid relationship with God and understanding of priorities; strong discipline and self-control; chooses friends and dates wisely
Young Adult & BeyondLove & encouragement/
cheerleading, counseling/
Lives life according to God’s principles; enjoys spending time with parents... seeks wisdom & friendship from them

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¹Adapted from “A Father & His Son” parenting class by Mark Henry & Tad Pruitt, Fellowship Bible Church.

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