As a father raising a son it is my duty and job to teach him many lessons and values in his life as he continues to grow up. One of the best lessons I can teach him is to be faithful.

The simplest way I can break down the meaning of being faithful to a 5-year-old is to teach him “if he says he’s going to do something, then he must always do what he says.”  Another way I can teach our kids about being faithful is by using God. God has made us promise that he will love us.  In my life, he has been faithful in doing just that, to love me unconditional.  What a great lesson for my son.

As my son grows older, I will have to let him know there will be times when he will face difficult situations in life and God is such a huge example for him to be faithful in.   Because of that, I must teach him to pray to God, because God is committed to us that he will never leave our side.  This is the true meaning of being faithful I will teach my son.

To be an effective dad, I must model faithfulness to him through my example.Even at his young age, he sees and notices everything I do.  I have to show him how my actions in everyday life reflect on being faithful.  If I say I’m making plans to do something with my son, like take him to a park, movies, etc. then I must be committed to doing so.  I want him to see that I’m being faithful to my promise to him and going thru with it and sticking to it.  I also want him to see that I’m faithful to my job.  I show up, go to work and don’t miss work just because I don’t want to go.

imageEvery day, we teach our kids something, even when you may not know it because kids pay attention.  My actions must always speak especially on being faithful.  At the age of 5, my friend considers everyone a friend.  An incredibly important thing I must teach him is to surround himself with and hang around other faithful people as he grows up.  This is a very valuable lesson because he will learn who he can depend on and who will actually be there for him in a time of need.

We all need those faithful friends and people in our lives.  It makes us stronger and helps center ourselves as we go through life.  I would like my son to learn that as he grows older.  Right now, my son is at the age where he is starting to do small chores around our house.  I teach him simple small tasks that he can complete; tasks like taking out the trash, cleaning up toys or putting dirty clothes in the clothes basket.  By doing so, he is being faithful to his chores and the small responsibilities I have given him.

Being faithful and teaching the faithful trait is a very important lesson to teach a child and I hope my son uses it as he grows older.

I do hope I teach my son, above all, to be faithful to God.  I believe that God will always return our love and be faithful to us and our blessings will be endless!

Deuteronomy 7:9

“Know therefore that the LORD your God, He is God, the faithful God, who keeps His covenant and His lovingkindness to a thousandth generation with those who love Him and keep His commandments;”

 

What is GetConnectDAD?

@GetConnectDAD is an international project focused on One goal:  More ConnectDAD families.   We are 150 writers from around the world, focused on 52 Traits we want in our children.

The GetConnectDAD team would like to challenge every parent to:

  • Devote 1 Extra Hour of Time each week to your kids (uninterrupted)
  • Read 1 story or have 1 story read to you by your child this week 
  • Take 1 Walk outside with your partner and kids
  • Take 1 moment to say “I love you” to your kids
  • Hug your kid(s) 1 time this week
  • Engage Your Family In your Faith
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