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What Your Kids Learn From You

Apparently, it’s not enough to just raise your kid, safely ushering them to high school graduation.

A recent post by Donald Miller punched me right in the gut. As the author explains, we play a huge rule in our kids' lives. And just to emphasize the point, here's a picture of my little girl trying on some boxing gloves.

It’s not enough to just provide a roof, a bed, and three meals a day. It’s not enough to team them skills such as long division, basic punctuation, and a jump shot. The actual relationship we have with our kids is incredibly important, and it communicates more than I realized. Here’s a snippet from a recent post by Donald Miller:

And they learn from adults, from whether or not they get off the phone, make eye contact, get mad too quickly, love them enough to stay married to their mom, love them enough to protect them from danger, even from themselves. The message God wants to communicate to children is entrusted to you, to the way you look at them or celebrate them when they walk into a room.

To read the entire post, click here. Also, you might want to check out Donald Miller’s book on the impact of fatherlessnes, Father Fiction.


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