Exceptional Dads: Being a Dad Is Less About Talk & More About Action Fatherhood

Jonathan Oliver
3 months ago

So, how does being an exceptional 24/7 stay-at-home dad look? It looks like living my life with integrity, authenticity and most importantly, love. These values are integral to my ability to effectively guide and parent my daughters, Journey and Justice. This means that before I can coach or teach anything to better assist in their lives, I need to live these values if I want to be able to model them.

  • If I want my daughters to show forgiveness to others, then I need to live in a forgiving way.
  • If I want them to learn how to set boundaries with others, I need to show how boundaries need to be set.
  • If I want Journey and Justice to be friendly people, then I must live in a friendly and gracious manner.
  • If I want them to be fearless when it comes to chasing their dreams, then I need to live by pursuing my dreams with no fear or abandon.
  • If I want my daughters to be able to pick themselves up and keep moving forward when they make mistakes in lives, then I need to be willing to pick myself up and keep marching on when times are hard.

The one thing I have learned in life is that more is caught than taught. I can’t rely on the old cliché, “Do what I mean, not what I say.”

Journey and Justice will learn more from my actions than from my words.

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Comments (11)

Donna John
Beautifully written and very well said. Jonathan Oliver
Elisa A. Schmitz 30Seconds
"...living my life with integrity, authenticity and most importantly, love. These values are integral to my ability to effectively guide and parent my daughters, Journey and Justice." I could not agree more. This is so powerful. Thank you, Jonathan Oliver . I absolutely love your daughters' names, too!
Jonathan Oliver
I want to be an intentional parent while leaving from for mistakes and grace.
Mike Prochaska
Love this! Fist bump
Jonathan Oliver
Fist bump right back. Thank you.
Michael Kennedy
Great words all around. Lead by example and love.
Jonathan Oliver
Absolutely. More is caught than taught.
Joe Campbell
Your girls are lucky to have you dude! So cool that you are being reflective and recognize your influence as a role model.
Jonathan Oliver
Thank you for the the encouragement.
Mike Prochaska
I agree lead by example
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