My son is passionate about music. He loves and listens to a wide variety of artists and styles. Because it is important to him, it is important to me.
Riding in the car together is a great time for us to talk, guy-to-guy. I let him pop in one of his CDs or turn on the radio. Then he allows me into his world by sharing his favorite songs.
I listen. He talks. I ask what he likes about certain songs and I am careful to avoid criticizing.
This is a chance for me to get to know my boy on a different level.
These songs have become the gateway to deeper and more meaningful conversations.
This time is well spent. It affords me the opportunity to learn more about my son. I discover what moves him. I find out what interests him. This can be very enlightening.
Over the last four years, I have asked for and received a song especially hand-picked by my son as my Father’s Day gift. He prints out the lyrics for me and we listen to the song together. Each time he has chosen an obscure song with a very meaningful message.
How he finds songs I’ve never heard, amazes me. I’m touched at the effort he invests in finding just the right words. Just for me.
He jokes that last year he only spent $1.26 on me for Father’s Day. But I smile. The value of his hand-picked song is priceless.
He gives me the gift of music and a piece of himself. (I’ll take that over socks any time!)
What type of music do your kids enjoy? If you don’t know, find out today.
Happy Father’s Day.
I guide you in the way of wisdom and lead you along straight paths.
By Kirk Weaver, author and founder of Family Time Training. FTT trains an average of 8,000+ family members each year. Kirk has written eight books containing Family Time object lessons. Contact Kirk at Family Time Training.