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Published: Tuesday, April 12 2011 5:30 a.m. MDT

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Nyvic
Universal City, TX

Since I am a daddy, and grandday, I feel one of the best things we can do is to just spend time with our kids. Rotate the time so there is some one on one type conversations.
Why is it that we hear in our church meetings about how great the sisters are but little is said about the effort,stress, and purposes that dad's put in.Plus work outside the home and callings and assignments outside the home?

Independent
Henderson, NV

You have a point, Nyvic. Have you ever noticed how when a woman does a great job at her calling, she is praised for it, and rightly so, but while a man might be praised for being a good, dedicated bishop, there is always an apology to his family for the time spent away from home, and a confession from his wife and kids that it has been a real sacrifice? No one would dream of calling mom's time away from home for her calling a burden on her husband and children. That would just be backwards thinking.

katiefrankie
Provo, UT

What a great opportunity to hear from the dads! As I have become a member of the Church and experienced the Gospel and families, I am continually impressed by the emphasis on Dad's unique contribution to the home and family that isn't shared by a great part of the world. It will be exciting to explore the viewpoints of the guys and their approaches to children, family, and the Gospel. We ladies can benefit from your special insight!

While I do hear a bit more apologizing for men's time away from home while in callings than women's, I think that has more to do with there being far more stay-at-home moms than dads (and thus Dad's overall time away from home/family is often much greater than Mom's) than a lack of appreciation for the truly marvelous service men perform in the various and necessary callings of the Church. We should always be gracious and grateful for service rendered, regardless of who is giving it - if we seem to slight you, guys, we are truly sorry.

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