Teaching children the value of fathers
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Temple Topics for Children: Fatherhood

Good fathers have great influence.

Today, society is divided and uneasy with the idea of fatherhood.

We can’t afford to let our children be pulled along by this unhealthy and undermining attitude.

Read on for more.

P.S. don’t miss the FREE fun Father’s day questionnaire for kids at the bottom of the post!

Ways to teach children the value of fatherhood

The key for men is to be fathers.

The key for children is to have fathers.

The key for society is to create fathers.

D. Todd Christofferson

You know the importance of fatherhood.

But do your children understand the power of this eternal role?

Helping them understand this bedrock principle can give your family a solid foundation

to build future happiness and strength.

These basic principles are simple but they are also life giving, protective and eye opening for your children.

Heavenly Father is their father

“I know a name, a glorious name,

Dearer than any other,

Listen, I’ll whisper the name to you:

It is the name of father.”

The Dearest Names, Children’s Songbook

Of all the wonderful roles that Heavenly Father fills, He chooses to use the title of Father in Heaven.

Helping your children understand this core principle is one of the best things you can do for them.

Here are a few resources to help you.

Why are fathers so important? by D. Todd Christofferson

He Wants the Best for Me by Elder Hugo E. Martinez

Heavenly Father Loves Me, and He Has a Plan for Me

I Am My Heavenly Father’s Child

He loves, teaches and helps your child

“Father . . . not my will, but thine, be done.

And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him. “

Luke 22:42

We are given a vivid glimpse of the tender, beautiful relationship between Jesus Christ and Father in heaven in the New Testament.

If you can help your children to imprint this sacred scene in their hearts,

they will have a clearer understanding of the deep and abiding love that Father in heaven feels for them.

That assurance will build their hope and confidence.

That understanding will help them through difficult times.

You can begin by expressing your love for Heavenly Father

and telling them how you feel Heavenly Father feels about them.

The resources below can help.

Poster: Our Heavenly Father

Poster: Heavenly Father Loves YOU

Teaching children the value of fathers
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You can teach your children the value of true fatherhood.

He wants earthly Fathers to be like that too

The Lord hath heard the prayers of . . . thy father:

for he has prayed with much faith concerning thee

that thou mightest be brought to the knowledge of the truth.

Mosiah 27:14

Children are born into a variety of circumstances.

Even the best father will make mistakes.

But the imperfection of earthly fathers can be confusing to children.

You can teach them that their value to Heavenly Father is not based on the way they are treated here on earth.

He sees them with loving, clear sighted eyes.

He sees their deep underlying value.

You can help your children understand this solid truth.

The story below is a wonderful way for children to understand just how much Heavenly Father values them.

You can read Watching Over Wasel snuggled up in a warm blanket

and then add your heart felt feelings of love for your children

to help them get a glimpse of the depth of God’s love for them.

Your child can become a good parent when they grow up

While I am in my early years

I’ll prepare most carefully.

Families Can Be Together Forever, Children’s Songbook 188

Learning about eternal grade fatherhood can help your children be “apprentice parents”.

Seeing inspired parenthood can help them pattern their own future parenthood in healthy happy ways.

Share the sweet story below to start that conversation with them.

Steven’s First Future Father’s Day

Fathers are Forever

As you share an understanding of eternal grade fatherhood with your children

you will give them a solid foundation of feeling loved.

They will know that they can depend on the love of their Heavenly Father.

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