Since I am a daddy, and grandday, I feel one of the best things we can do is to
just spend time with our kids. Rotate the time so there is some one on one type
conversations.Why is it that we hear in our church meetings about how
great the sisters are but little is said about the effort,stress, and purposes
that dad's put in.Plus work outside the home and callings and assignments
outside the home?
You have a point, Nyvic. Have you ever noticed how when a woman does a great job
at her calling, she is praised for it, and rightly so, but while a man might be
praised for being a good, dedicated bishop, there is always an apology to his
family for the time spent away from home, and a confession from his wife and
kids that it has been a real sacrifice? No one would dream of calling mom's time
away from home for her calling a burden on her husband and children. That would
just be backwards thinking.
What a great opportunity to hear from the dads! As I have become a member of
the Church and experienced the Gospel and families, I am continually impressed
by the emphasis on Dad's unique contribution to the home and family that isn't
shared by a great part of the world. It will be exciting to explore the
viewpoints of the guys and their approaches to children, family, and the Gospel.
We ladies can benefit from your special insight!While I do hear a
bit more apologizing for men's time away from home while in callings than
women's, I think that has more to do with there being far more stay-at-home moms
than dads (and thus Dad's overall time away from home/family is often much
greater than Mom's) than a lack of appreciation for the truly marvelous service
men perform in the various and necessary callings of the Church. We should
always be gracious and grateful for service rendered, regardless of who is
giving it - if we seem to slight you, guys, we are truly sorry.