Do you think much about how much you’re honoring Dad in your family’s culture? I’ve discovered that I can definitely grow in this area…
Being a mom is a tough job, but I think we get a lot of encouragement.
There are countless articles circulating online as well as books and greeting cards that uplift moms, validate what we do, and joke about how tough it is to raise kids.
On Mother’s Day I saw dozens of pictures on Facebook of happy kids surprising their moms and grandmothers with flowers and heartfelt handmade gifts.
And for sure, I think we moms deserve it—because we do work hard.
But do you see many people honoring dads like that? In my observation, not so much. In fact, it’s quite the opposite.
Sure, dads get a little extra love on Father’s Day, but that’s definitely the exception, not the rule.
If you do a quick search of “dad memes” on Google, most of the results are vulgar and demeaning. Or think about a lot of popular shows, movies, and TV commercials.
Dads are frequently portrayed as:
- Lazy—they lounge around watching TV while moms do all the hard work.
- Stupid—they don’t know how to cook a meal or start a load of laundry.
- Immature—they teach the kids dirty jokes or encourage dangerous stunts.
- Neglectful—when they’re in charge, the kids go unsupervised.
- Absent—they’ve abandoned the family entirely.
Perhaps because our culture is steeped in this attitude, it has rubbed off on me. I have to catch myself when I’m tempted to roll my eyes about my husband’s weekend hobbies or sense of humor, or how he can’t read my mind (how dare he not).
And then we wonder why kids are so disrespectful towards authority.
Yet research shows that fathers’ engagement plays a critical role in childhood development.
This shouldn’t be surprising to Christians, as the Bible is quite instructive on masculinity and fatherhood, both explicitly and through example.
In our home, we teach our kids the importance of honoring their parents as instructed in Ephesians 6:2, as well as the Ten Commandments and elsewhere. Practically speaking, that means we have to deliberately cultivate a family culture with this value.
If you’re tired of the anti-man sentiment out there, I’ve got two simple but powerful principles that will help you build a family culture that honors dads instead of tearing them down.
Honoring Dad: How To Build a Culture that Builds Him Up (Instead of Tearing Him Down)
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