10 Ways to Make a Play for Your Family

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Fatherhood and football are similar in this, there are times when we have to do whatever it takes to make sure our family gets our best and has the best chance to succeed. There is no time to be complacent, to make excuses, it’s time for big boys to suit up and make plays for their team, or family in your case!

We encourage you to not let anything stop you when it comes to loving your family well and leading them to success. Here are 10 ways to make a play for your family:

1. Manage your family’s finances well.

Mismanaging your family’s finances can put your family in a bad position and limit the opportunities your kids may have.

2. Prepare your family for life without you.

One day you will not be in your kids’ lives. Prepare them to live responsibly on their own. Also be proactive in setting up your estate in the event something happens prematurely.

3. Comfort your kids in grief and tough times.

The loss of a loved one has to be one of the toughest times especially for your kids. You may be hurting too, but you can come through in the clutch for your kids with your comfort.

4. Show them how to take responsibility by doing it.

Own up to your mistakes. Accept responsibility for our situation and show your kids how to do the same.

5. Live healthy so you can live long with them.

One of the best ways you can come through is by taking care of yourself physically. At some point, your kids may have to take care of you. Hopefully that is later rather than sooner.

6. Work harder when the situation requires it.

Sometimes your situation requires more effort and determination. If you have lost a job or don’t earn enough income to provide, now is the time to work even harder at finding a new or better job.

7. Never quit when working for something righteous.

One of my favorite quotes comes from the Bible. It says, “Do not grow weary in well-doing, for at the proper time you will reap a harvest if you don’t give up.” Never quit working to become better for your family.

8. Be understanding when they make a big mistake.

One day your kid may come home or call you after making a huge mistake. Instead of condemning them, be understanding and forgiving because they need you most right then.

9. Focus on the fundamentals not the spectacular play.

The football players who make highlight plays spend hours working on routine plays. Dads should focus on the fundamentals of communication, time spent, and loving their kids.

10. Do whatever needs to be done.

I have a saying that I say to my kids, “do what needs to be done, when it needs to be done, in the best way it can be done, and do it that way every time.” I believe if they make this a habit they will do okay in life.

Jackie Bledsoe

Jackie Bledsoe is an author, blogger, and speaker, but first and foremost a husband and father of three, who helps men better lead and love the ones who matter most.

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Huddle up with your wife and kids tonight and ask: Has therebeen a time when I’ve done something for you when you really needed me to?

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