Ask a group of men when they knew they were really men and you will get varied responses. When they turned 18 or 21. When they graduated High School or College. The first time they had sex, when the left for basic training, or a number of other responses.
We have a crisis of children growing up in the church and then leaving the church (70-80%) when they grow older. (Fuller Study, Barna Study) The 18-30 year old demographic is almost always the lowest church participation demographic. We have children who have identity crises because they are not guided, mentored and blessed by their fathers, they have no fathers or their fathers are not fully engaged parents. (Fatherless Statistics) Our children need parents who do not cocoon them or over-shelter them from the world, but parents that model and teach them to be the light that shines in the world. Not a light that is not hypocritical, judgmental or legalistic. A light that is full of grace, accepting of others and morally just.
Our children need strategic spiritual and moral guidance and rite of passage; they need to learn the true life skills not what is taught in schools and they need tests of their judgment and character. They need to know that they are ready for the post modern world and we as parents need to know that we have equipped our children for this world. We need to know that we left no stone unturned and did everything we could to prepare are children to be strong, confident Spiritual Champions. (Parenting: What Research Shows Really Works)
School, Friends, TV, Video Games and the Internet will not teach your children life skills, morals and values. The Church, while a strong parenting partner, will not take your children all the way. It is our responsibility as parents to ensure our children receive the training, guidance and wisdom that will truly matter in their lives.
You cannot outsource your parental responsibilities to others.
Society easily bates our children and parents alike to pursue The Success Illusion. To spend our lives chasing Money, Beauty, Power and Fame. Aiming our children at true greatness rather than societies version of success gives them a hidden advantage over their peers and the funny part is, the elusive success that so many chase often comes for free as a result of aiming them at True Greatness.
Are you willing to be their leader and role model?
Are you willing to succeed where many parents fail?
Legacy Dad is a road map, a blue print to implement into your current parenting style. It’s a series of lessons and principles at specific times and ages of your children’s lives to help instill and pass on your personal legacy to them. It focuses on creating a plan for each child that is tailored to their age, gender, unique characteristics and incorporates your own personal values and beliefs into the process to ensure your Legacy is passed on to them.
Legacy Dad includes:
1. A Core Philosophy for aiming our children at True Greatness.
2. An intriguing way to get your children to want to take this journey.
3. Specific books and lessons for your children to read and report on that helps instill the principles.
4. A journal that your children will record their progress and in the future reflect back on.
5. Specific life experiences with your help and guidance to instill the principles, give them life experience, and build a family bond.
6. Special ceremonies that shows your child that they loved, blessed and are ready for the next step.
7. Specific adventures that you will take together to create family memories and instill the Legacy process.
Finally, it will give your children the confidence and knowledge to face anything that life throws their way and it will give you as parents the satisfaction of knowing you did all you could to equip them for life.
Not only will this greatly help your children but it will also help your marriage, career and life. If you personally do not possess the knowledge of these principles, you will also learn it first to pass it on and this will greatly help and increase your own personal life. Learning together with your children also creates a stronger bond and solidifies the process.
If the idea of a happy, loving marriage; equipping your children for True Greatness; emotional maturity and abundance; and being respected for your character and leadership sounds appealing, than Legacy Dad is for you.
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