Dad is the Caretaker of the Family

31 Oct

Parenting Dad Shares Lesson on Positive Influence

Dad is Caretaker

They say that moms are the heart of the home and dads are the head. Scripture also teaches us that the husband/father is the head of the home. But the reality is the head is the caretaker the heart and the body.

1 Corinthians 11:3 ESV

“But I want you to understand that the head of every man is Christ, the head of a wife is her husband, and the head of Christ is God.”
Ephesians 6:4
“Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.”
So we see God’s desire is for the father/husband to be the leader (head) in the family. Dads have a responsibility to teach their children but to do so in a way that doesn’t provoke them to anger. They also have the privilege of being the caretakers of the hearts of their children. It is simply a beautiful relationship when he approaches his role in this way.
Jon McKenzie from Dad is Learning had a wonderful article this month which addresses Dad’s role. He talks about the importance of dads being positive influences on their children by looking at three areas of positivity; Positive Words, Positive Presence and Positive Affection.
Positive Dad
We are sharing an excerpt below of Jon’s article, please click the SEE MORE button to read the entire article. It is a beautiful look inside the heart of a dad.

The Power of a Positive Dad

Posted on October 17, 2013 by Jon McKenzie

…The Voice In Your Head

I am horrible at mountain biking.  Over the years I have had numerous accidents on bike trails, including one time where I was ejected from my bike and suspended in a briar bush.  Ouch!  The problem is all in my head.  When coming to a tricky section of trail, like a narrow gap between trees, I would think, “Don’t hit that tree.  Don’t hit that tree. Don’t hit that tree.”  As you probably guessed, my pessimistic thoughts would drive me straight into the tree.

The mindset of a dad can have a similar impact on the family.  A voice of doubt, pessimism, and negativity in your head can lead to failure, heartache, and diminished capacity.  I believe it is natural for most parents to second guess their decisions and abilities, but keeping a positive dialog in your thoughts will help you reach your objective.  Instead of letting your thoughts doom you to failure, allow them to encourage you to success.

The mindset of a dad can have a similar impact on the family… SEE MORE

dad is learning
Jon McKenzie is the Youth & Family Minister at the Bridgewood Church of Christ in Fort Worth, TX.  He has been married to his childhood sweetheart Brianne since 2004.  They have two children, Avery and Claire.  Jon has been in ministry since 2001.  He has three active blogs:,, and
~~ R16:16 Article Written by Team Member Renee

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