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Kenneth Chaflin, a seminary professor who often speaks and writes about building stronger families was home getting ready to eat supper before heading off to a speaking engagement. His 5yr old daughter came and said, “Daddy will you stay home with me tonight?” Her plea pierced his soul. He thought within himself, “How could I tell her no because I have to go and speak and tell others, “How a Good Father Ought to Be”?

It was too late to cancel the meeting, so he tried to soften her disappointment and make her feel important by asking her to help him with his speech. He asked her to describe what she thought it meant to be a good daddy. He jotted down her response:

• To catch a fish

• Build a fire

• Fly a kite

• Catch a butterfly

• Plant a flower

• Get a kitty out of the mud

He folded the paper, went to his meeting and while he was sitting on the platform waiting to be introduced, he looked at this list and suddenly it hit him. Nothing that his daughter wanted in an “ideal father” required money. What she wanted was his time.

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