The problem is that kids are fundamentally illiterate—they can’t spell. It’s the strangest thing. It’s obvious to any educated adult that love is spelled L-O-V-E. But kids just don’t seem to get it; they consistently spell love T-I-M-E. I wish they’d get that straightened out.
Too many dads try to spell love other ways: S-T-U-F-F, or G-I-F-T-S, or perhaps P-R-O-V-I-S-I-O-N. But there’s only one way kids seem to spell love: T-I-M-E. And lots of it!
Money is really great to have—it provides basic necessities and extra benefits—but money can’t raise your kids, and it certainly will never substitute for time with you. Money will never build relationship or character. It’s just not what your kids most deeply want or need.
Art Linkletter, radio and television personality for more than sixty years wrote, “I will never forget the gasp from my TV audience when I asked a six-year-old boy what he’d take to Heaven if he had his choice. He replied, ‘My mother and dad, because I think they would have more time for me up there.’
I’ve never met a man who said at the end of his life, “I wish I had spend more time at work and less time with my family.” Likely you’ve heard the opposite regret expressed with heartache.
What decisions can you make this week to spend some extra time with your children? One-on-one time is priceless, but any extra time is a huge benefit to them, and to you!
For now, remember that great dads shape great kids. Be a great dad this week.
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