When my first child Trent was born 17 years ago I knew two things right away:
- I loved him desperately.
- I didn’t know how to be a dad.
I doubt I was much different than most guys. There’s a lot about fathering that men have to learn as they go. But every new dad and soon-to-be new dad could benefit from a playbook. We’ve got just the thing for you on our Focus on the Family Broadcast “Helping Men Prepare for Fatherhood.”
We’re talking to Benjamin Watson about his book “The New Dad’s Playbook: Gearing Up for the Biggest Game of Your Life.” If you and your wife are expecting, you’re going to want to hear this program.
Benjamin will share how men can play a greater role at home when their wives are pregnant. He knows what he’s talking about. He has five children, and he’s in his 14th year in the National Football League. Both of those roles require a tremendous amount of dedication, focus, and commitment.
Benjamin’s advice will be helpful to dads everywhere because we all have the same amount of hours to work with each day. It all comes down to how and where we choose to spend those hours.
Of course, a man’s work is important. It’s how he provides for his family, uses the talents God has given him, and discovers God’s purpose for him.
But when a man is home, it’s important that he’s all there – mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. When a man walks through the front door, he’s called to be a husband, a father, and a Christ-like leader. It’s about being intentionally present.
That can be a challenge. There are a lot of demands placed on men. Benjamin will offer practical ideas to help dads have a positive impact on their wives and their children.