FATHER

Divine Definitions: (1) The head of the universe; paternal; (2) Devoted to the care and rearing of the cosmic family; (3) The first Person of The Trinity; (4) The originator and initiator of all things and beings; The Father-Absolute
     Note: Here Father denotes the loving nature of The Original Person.
          See Also: Mother

Quotes:
• Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect. — The Bible, Matthew 5:48
• In gaining an entrance into the kingdom of heaven, it is the motive that counts. My Father looks into the hearts of men and judges by their inner longings and sincere intentions. — Jesus of Nazareth (7 BC-30 AD) The Urantia Book (140:3.19)

PARENTAL
Human Definition: (1) fatherly or motherly integral characteristics; tender; affectionate; (2) the source from which something is derived

Quote: Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them. — James Arthur Baldwin (1924-1987) American writer

Reflection: Number five of the ten commandments, “Honor your father and mother.”

Observation: One can be the parent of an idea and nurture an ideal.

Tips:
• It is important to know how to let your child learn. Give them the tools, instruction, encouragement, and then the freedom. We all learn differently.
• Notice what talents your child has naturally. Expose them to lots of options. Give your child the benefit of your observations about their talents and interests.

Advice: Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do. ― Benjamin McLane Spock (1903-1998) American pediatrician

PATERNAL
Human Definition: fatherly; characteristic of a father or fatherhood <as loyal, supportive, protective, loving, giving, and generous>
     See also: Maternal

Quotes:
• The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother. — Theodore Martin Hesburgh (1917-2015) American priest
• A good father is one whose only reason for putting down a laughing baby is to pick up a crying one. — Linda Poindexter (? 1950’s-) American minister

Observation: Father’s Day dates back to 1508 in Europe.

Symbols: 1) the sun; 2) the umbrella