“Honour thy father…” (Ephesians 6:2) This Scripture also comes with a reward, so we need to teach our children by our words and actions to honor daddy. The word, “honour” in the Greek means to prize or esteem as valuable.
Encourage children to give Dad “Hero Status”. It will pay off with your daughters in many ways…one way is when the young men come courting. Encouraging a son to make Dad his hero and to spend time with Dad will help him become well adjusted.
15 Ways to Teach Children to Honor Dad
- Make Daddy’s homecoming the highlight of the day. In our home, everyone ran to meet and greet Dad when he drove up the driveway. “Daddy’s Home” was so exciting, as everyone exclaimed those words at once…our dog even got in on the excitement of Dad’s homecoming.
- Uplift Daddy in the eyes of the children. I think my husband is the smartest man in the world and our children thought so too. We all still think he can do just about anything. Admire what Dad fixes around the house saying he is such a handy man. Stand behind Dad when he disciplines the children. I know of a mother who would make faces behind her husband’s back, because she thought he was too strict. The child later rebelled. Maybe that child needed a strict father because of his personality. We need to be careful as Moms and uplift Dad.
- Pray for Dad’s protection to and from work. Everyday, our children prayed for their Dad to be protected while driving to and from work. One day, Barry came home saying he should have been in a bad wreck, but a miracle happened, and he was spared. I know God answered the sweet prayers of little children.
- Encourage sons to hang out daily with Dad as much as possible to learn skills. Our grown son knows how to fix just about anything. Sons will learn manliness hanging out with a man, their Dad. Daughters need one-on-one time weekly with Dad too. Encouraging children to share in Dad’s interests, honors him. Our daughter would sometimes go hunting with her Dad, just to spend time with him and do what he enjoys.
- Teach children to say, “Thank you Daddy for working so hard.”When praying at lunch time, thank God for a Daddy who works hard so that Mom can stay home with the children and for us to have nice things like food, clothing and a roof over our heads. Throughout the day, mention how great it is how Dad is such a hard worker. When our young children asked me why their Dad had to go to work, I would say, “He needs to make money, so we…” I did not realize that for years our children thought their Dad went to work and literally made dollar bills and coins. 🙂
- Put a note in Dad’s lunch from you and include notes from the children.
- Teach children to be attentive to Dad’s needs. Give Dad his tea in the glass he likes. Our daughters loved to bring Dad a tall glass of tea when he mowed grass on a hot summer day.
- Each week, plan one of Dad’s favorite meals and dessert and everyone help prepare it. It can be called Dad’s Favorite Meal Day!
- Make sure Dad has his own special chair at the dinner table. No one else is to sit in it. Try to plan peaceful meals at the dinner table without distractions…TV off.
- Teach children to not interrupt when Dad is talking to another adult. If the child needs to talk with Dad, teach child to place a hand on him or say, “Excuse me” to get his attention.
- If you know Dad has had a tough day at work, treat him to a back-rub and/or foot massage when he gets home. After he sits or reclines in his favorite place, have children take his shoes off. Make him feel loved and relaxed. You may want to make a “Welcome Home Daddy” banner. If Dad needs to take a short nap, teach children to not wake him. Wives know what their husband enjoys and what makes him smile. We need to teach our children what makes their Dad happy.
- Teach children how to ask Dad for help, advice and seek his counsel. It is good to tell them, “Go ask your Dad. He is so wise.”
- Demonstrate honor by listening attentively to him and laughing at all his jokes so children will respect Dad.
- When Dad goes to work, wave to him until he is out of sight. My hubby would put his arm out the window, weather permitting and wave too until he turned the corner.
- Give Dad a “Why I appreciate You” gift. One time, we purchased a small box at Hobby Lobby and decorated it like a treasure chest~”Dad is a Treasure.” We put all Dad’s favorite miniature candies in it. Attached to each candy was a piece of paper which showed different ways Dad is valued. Each child can write on several. Mom can write what the child says if the child is too young.
These suggestions will show esteem for Dad and set a good tone in the home.
Please add to this list and share any other suggestions that teach children how to honor Dad. I love hearing from you. 🙂