Research tells us that we hear somewhere between 20,000 and 30,000 words every day. That is the equivalent to listening to Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” or George Orwell’s “Animal Farm” on audiobook. Each and every 24 hour period of our lives we hear a massive amount of words. And not all of those words are helpful to us or to others. But regardless, we must process all that we hear each and every day. The same is true for our kids.

My oldest daughter and son are at school 5 days a week for 7 hours each day. That means they are hearing and processing just over half their daily average of words outside of my purview as a dad. Yet studies consistently tell us that a parents voice, and in particular a father’s words, have massive impact on children. Regardless of your relationship with your dad, positive or negative, we all have lived that reality one way or another. Dad – your words matter.

“Sometimes they might just want to hear that you love them and are proud of them.”

Nick Salyers

But what is a dad to say? There are so many things to teach, instill, and instruct your kids in, how can we ever know what is most important? Well, the Parent Cue addresses this exact question in their article “What Every Son Needs to Hear From His Father“. It’s a great little post about important words kids – and specifically boys – need to hear from their dads. I know how much I desired and sought after these words from my dad (thanks for giving them often pops) growing up, and I want to make sure my kids hear them as well. If there are only two phrases I don’t want my kids to doubt about our relationship, these two sum it up.

What do you think every child needs to hear from their parents? What words do sons specifically need? What about daughters? I’d love to hear your input so leave a comment below. As always be with the Lord’s people on the Lord’s day!

Until Next Time…

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