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Dad Enough to Sing

4. Enjoy Music Together

Even in families with parents who love music, it can be easy to overlook singing and sharing in music together. Kauflin encourages parents to “introduce music to your house if you haven’t already.”

“It used to be easier. Pre-iPod, when you had your stereo system and everybody listened to the same thing, it was just a lot easier. I was just with a family yesterday that made a practice of listening to music together. That’s just a great practice.

“We have so much available to us now, different styles of music, but songs that you can sing together. Of course, if you do have musicians, get them leading in songs. A number of families have their 12-year-old playing the piano and just singing simple worship songs. Boy, what that does to encourage their understanding of how God might use their gifts to encourage the church and just what it does to build the family together.”

Enjoying music together won’t look the same in every family—and for sure, not every Dad will sound the same—but don’t miss the joy God makes audible when Daddy is willing to lead with song.

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David Mathis (@davidcmathis) is executive editor at desiringGod.org and an elder at Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis. He has edited several books, including Thinking. Loving. Doing., Finish the Mission, and Acting the Miracle, and is co-author of How to Stay Christian in Seminary.