Just for a moment I want you to imagine this scenario.
“3 young children stand anxiously on the curb waiting for their father to pull up. Their faces are filled with excitement because they’ve just been told they’re on their way to Universal Studios in Orlando Florida.
But that’s not even the best part.
The one thing they are really excited about is finally getting to spend some time with their father.
See, there mother and father were divorced and unfortunately their father was never really around.
But that didn’t matter anymore. Because things were about to change.
But as the minutes begin to pass their father still hadn’t shown up.
A few more minutes pass…and still no father.
As afternoon turns to night they finally begin to realize their father wasn’t going to show up.
With tears in their eyes, feeling completely crushed, they go back inside their home where their mother was waiting with open arms. They begin to wonder why they even let themselves get that excited. After all, if he didn’t want to be around before…why would he want to be around now.”
The story you just read is a 100% real story. One that is very personal to me. It’s personal because I was one of those children in the story.
I can remember that day just like it was yesterday. I can remember how angry and hurt I was he never showed up.
See to me, my father was a superhero. He could do no wrong. I guess at the end of it all I just wanted him to want us as much as he did other things.
Now, why did I tell you this story?
Well, I wanted to ask you an important question.
Do you understand the impact you have on your children?
For most men, this is something we don’t ask ourselves much. But in all honesty…we should.
See, I have 3 children of my own now. And because of all the things that happened to me, I try hard not to do the same things to them.
However, I often wonder what type of father I would be if those things never happened to me.
Which is the reason I decided to write this article for you today.
Listen: I understand your children need a roof over their heads. I understand they need clothes on their backs…and…food in their mouths. And being a man places you in the role of provider…so I understand those are all very important things they need.
But despite all of that…I can tell you (just as well as you can) that your kids need more than that.
In fact, those aren’t even the things they remember. They remember spending time with you and the things you teach them.
So here’s a friendly reminder from one father to another.
Provide for your family. But never let that get in the way of the time you spend with them.