Strengthening the Bonds between Father and Child Through Service to Others

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Bauman, Doug
Master of Arts in Pastoral Theology
Fatherhood has been the most joyful and rewarding gift that God has ever given to me. My kids mean the world to me and I absolutely treasure and cherish every moment that I spend with them. Despite all of its associated joys and laughter, fatherhood also often presents dads with difficult challenges to face and overcome. For example, some dads struggle with maintaining open and productive lines of communication with their children, while others have a difficult time establishing any type of prayer life with their kids. Some fathers have a tough time identifying their child’s hopes and dreams, while others are unsure about how to discuss and live out their Christian beliefs with their children. My concern is that too many of these dads are either unsure of who to turn to for assistance or they are too busy to take the time to develop and strengthen their spiritual relationship with their kids.