Being a father

Today is Fathers day and I found a quote that speaks to what I am finding out about being a father.

The guys who fear becoming fathers don’t understand that fathering is not something perfect men do, but something that perfects the man. The end product of child-raising is not the child but the parent.

I find this to be so true because it is not my 2-year old that needs patience, it is I. It is not my 2-year that needs to learn compassion, it is I. It is not my 2-year old that needs to be sensitive, it is I. It is not my 2-year old that needs to practice being present, it is I. It is not my 2-year old that needs to be an example to my children but I.

I could not agree more that the end result of child-raising is the parent not the child. So really, our children develop as we develop. This puts me at rest because I know how imperfect I am and being a father is one of the ways I move towards perfection.

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One thought on “Being a father

  1. The quote on Fatherhood is deeply encouraging. I often marvel at how God has ordained certain things in life. A prime example would be the end result of parenting like you illustrated above. His ways are truly not our ways

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