As a dad, I am constantly thinking of what I want to be true of me as a leader in my home. So I have created a Father’s Day Bucket List to give me a target for the next year. Need I remind you, time is flying.

Over the coming year, I plan to . . . 

  • Listen more when I don’t particularly want to listen.
  • Encourage my girls to be what God created them to be, not what I never was.
  • Remind my girls that no one loves them more than I do.
  • Take more walks.
  • Have more talks.
  • Send more text messages to my kids.
  • Say more prayers.
  • Write more notes.
  • Give more hugs.
  • Dance in the kitchen with my wife more, in front of my girls.
  • Take longer vacations.
  • Cheer louder at soccer games.
  • Eat more ice cream.
  • Take more pictures in my mind.
  • Frame some of the pictures I have taken with a camera.
  • Continue to tell my girls how much I believe in them.

The list could be a lot longer. Honestly, I want to be a great father (and husband) more than I want anything else on this earth.

If you ask me, great leadership begins at home. There are a gazillion people who could lead as well, or even better than I can at my job. But there is only one person who can be the best dad in the world for my four favorite kids on the planet. That would be me. And I am running out of time.

If you are a mom or dad, I pray you will give your family the attention they need and deserve. You only have one shot at leading at home. Failure to do so will only bring regret.

If you are looking to be intentional, a short term bucket list might be just what you need.




What would you add to your family bucket list?