I'd be the first to admit that I don't praise my husband as much as I probably should. Okay, honestly, I'd be the second one to admit it. My husband would be the first! (Yes, this is just ONE of my weaknesses as a wife, sigh.) I am praising his fathering right now with the following list:
1. My husband has always supported me in my mothering. He has worked hard so that I can stay home with the children. When times were tough and I felt like I should work outside of the home, he has always discouraged this.
2. He has always encouraged me. Through all of the breastfeeding, co-sleeping and bonding he has never gotten jealous or expected me to keep the house up (even though I do!) Instead he has always lifted my spirits and praised me when I am feeling low, worn out, or defeated. He always been focused on what the priorities in life are and he anchors me.
3. Through all of our struggles he has been a faithful example that God provides.
4. When one of the children start to act up more than usual he has always considered this his que to spend more time with that child.
5. He has shared with the children his love of music and instruments, and his natural talent too.
6. His family has always come before friends, work or anything else.
7. Even after a hard day at work, he spends time with the kids. When he is really worn out, he has this habit of spending a few minutes in the car to wind down and prepare before entering the house when all the kids yell, "Daddy's home!" and he is bombarded at the door. Recently, after weeks of working without a day off, he took one day to take the little ones to the zoo. That's a great dad!
8. Though he doesn't attend with us, he supports me in taking the children to church every Sunday.
9. He has always been pro-home school and when I feel I can't handle it, he encourages me and helps figure out ways to make things better.
10. Let me give you an example of this point: After a days work, at night, on a bucket, in the yard, in freezing temperatures, with snow on the ground, wearing a catcher's mask and a baseball glove. His dedication to the kids' sports is awesome.
11. He has taught them to love animals in a way that I couldn't.
12. Tickle time, playing chase, monster, and goofing off at the table! Yes, dad is always good for a laugh!
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