Excerpt from Fathers-To-Be Handbook, by Patrick M. Houser
Spirituality is another element of becoming a father. The child you are caring for is more than just a body. There is also an invisible yet vital element that is their soul or spirit. This lies at the very core of your child’s being. It contains his creative potential and highest ideals.
Like all aspects of a child it needs to be nurtured. Be aware of the soul within and hold it as you hold your child’s body: gently, kindly and with the greatest respect. Embrace their spirit and know they embrace yours. When you hold your new born baby in your arms you can feel the deepest spiritual connection you share. The miracle of pregnancy, birth and early infancy has the possibility to soften and transform the strongest and most formidable of men.
Embrace your spiritual potential as a father. You can provide the framework in which your child’s spirit can unfold. Providing the security of a safe home and a structure for them to expand into are key. Going to work each day and looking after your children may seem mundane but it is spirituality in action and central to their wellbeing. Virtues such as compassion, unconditional love and forgiveness are spiritual lessons you can also provide. As a father, you are in the unique position, to meet the mind, body and spiritual needs of your child in a very special way.
Whatever guidance you seek to give your child, be the teaching. Children learn about respect by being respected. They learn about trust by being trusted. Children learn best through example.