Thoughts on Fatherhood

The birth of your child is something absolutely amazing.  There is nothing like it in the world.  There is not one piece of advice that can prepare you for it.  You just have to experience it first hand.

I’m reading/have been given some great books on parenting (examples: Dare to Discipline and Bringing Up Girls, both by James Dobson).  It’s amazing how much goes into parenting (and how many people are in it to make a buck).  Advice is sometimes golden.  You can always learn from those who have gone before you. However, I’m learning that you have to make other people’s ideas and concepts your own and implement ideologies according to the individual needs of your family.

My wife is an absolute athlete. She might be the toughest women on the face of the earth.  In the last couple of years she has gone through surgeries for skin cancer to a c-section that went sour.  It has been awesome to watch her battle back countless times while keeping her composure and attention on the Lord.  She never questions anything (at least not out loud), she just stays focused on pleasing Jesus, knowing everything is going to work out.

Parenting is, and never should be, one sided. Bethany and I are constantly communicating needs to each other to make sure our stress level and overall health is secure. If I could communicate one thing to people who are getting married, it would be the establishment of building a marriage on communication.  If you fail to talk, it just get’s messy.

Having a little girl has done some amazing things to my perspective of women.  For example, I find myself constantly looking at billboards, advertisements, and television shows thinking to myself, “that provocatively dressed women was/is someones daughter”.  I then think, “How would I feel if I were her father, knowing hundreds of thousands of men lust in their head over her daily”. The modest, conservative women if far more beautiful to me than any girl laid out on a billboard in a bikini.  With that said, there must be a drive/desire/teaching for our daughter on how to be a Godly women who not only respects her self but knows how to guard her body.  Good thing her mom is amazing at this.

I want seven more kids. They are absolutely amazing.  I told Bethany that and she said, “We’ll see”.

Here’s to fatherhood!



2 Responses to “Thoughts on Fatherhood”

  1. 1 Mike June 15, 2010 at 7:06 pm

    When my daughter was old enough, I took her to the mall to watch how boys were looking at girls. She noticed that the scantily-clad girls were hit on right away while the modestlty dressed girls were mainly ignored. She walked away realizing that the boys were only about looks, not about who the person really is.

    Nothing like a dad having a daughter to teach…..

  2. 2 Janice Phillips June 17, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    Jordan, You certainly have an amazing way with words. I am looking forward to seeing Corinne grow up and become a woman of God. You go dad!

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