That means I need to start helping them grow up.
I keep telling the boys that I don't want to see them grow up, but everyone grows up and It's my job as dad to be sure they can grow up well to live for God. I love talking with my kids randomly in car rides, while playing football at a park or while sitting down at a table. I hope this is something that continues for a long time. A friend of mine has a habit with the 2 oldest of his 5 kids & it has a huge impact on his relationship with them--read about him here.
A learning I've had in the last 6-12 months of life is I have to have conversations with them at ages that seem too early. At ages 8 & 6.5 I still see my kids younger than 2nd & 1st grade, but they are surrounded by life situations that need explaining. Kid's are great observers, but terrible interpreters. I want to help them my kids view life through a worldview lens based on Christ's call in our lives.
I have begun to set out a plan of when & how I need to talk to both my boys about specific life topics. Here is my plan of talks for the next 6 months, but I am sure more will come about spontaneously:
- Why Dad doesn't have a "dad"
- Difference between girls & boys
- Internet & Standards
- Outdoor skills 101
- Deeper look at Exodus