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My Father’s Day Treat

I always joke that my kids’ favorite holiday is Father’s Day. They love the way I celebrate the occasion by writing each of them a thank-you letter and a generous check. It’s my way of letting them know how much I appreciate the great pleasure and privilege of being their dad. I have eight children, with ages spanning more than 20 years. They have been powerful and important teachers in my life, always keeping me humble and grounded. Over the years, they have given some of my greatest material. If you have ever been to one of my speaking engagements, you’ve heard my stories about them and seen one or more of them on stage with me.

Poet and philosopher, Kahlil Gibran, said, “Your children are not your children….They come through you but not from you….though they are with you, yet they belong not to you.” Gibran advised looking at your children, divine beings that they are, with awe and wonder. You might strive to be like them, but don’t try to model them in your image. They are unique souls all their own. I like to say that before I had kids, I had eight theories about how to raise children. Now I have eight children and no theories!

I did have one practice, though, that I tried to implement. I didn’t want any of my children to be raised to believe that they were ordinary. I wanted them to always know that they were extraordinary. This is the foundation of faith for all of us. Know who you are –part of the invisible intelligence, a piece of God – stay connected, stay aligned and you will have all the power of that connection. Children need to know this. Most of us are raised to believe we are ordinary. The anchor of the universe is present in every child. A parent only needs to guide and step aside and let them fulfill their dharma. Help children remember that they can do or be anything. That’s the theme of all my books for children—helping kids believe that they are unstoppable, powerful, and can be anything they set their hearts on.

And so, kids, thanks for another year of making me smile, warming my heart, and reminding me that the love we share is our greatest blessing. Happy Father’s Day!

Comments (16)

  • 1.

    June 14, 2013
    9:28 am

    Just what I needed. You have helped me grow for the last 25/30 years. Heartfelt thanks to you, for the Good of all of us, colette

    – colette
  • 2.

    June 14, 2013
    9:37 am

    Fathers are great teachers.Thank you, Wayne, for being a spiritual father to so many. Namaste!

    – Joseph Wadas
  • 3.

    June 14, 2013
    3:40 pm

    Happy Father's Day Wayne! See you next week in St. John's!!! One of my favourite practices as a mother was to read "Children Learn What They Live" http://www.empowermentresources.com/info2/childrenlearn-long_version.html

    – Trudy Veitch
  • 4.

    June 15, 2013
    7:51 am

    I shall never see Mother's Day the same way again :) Thank you

    – Vanessa
  • 5.

    June 15, 2013
    10:30 am

    Dear Wayne, I attended the Hay House Convention last year and thoroughly enjoyed you and your children's parts. I love the way you celebrate Father's Day. Your example really is one of appreciation. Thank you for sharing this in your newsletter. You inspire me to be more grateful.

    – Sherry aka Cricket
  • 6.

    June 16, 2013
    7:45 am

    Happy Father's Day!! Dr. Wayne. You are great inspiration, you have helped me to become a better person and to be aware and be thankful of life...miracle shall follow miracle and wonder shall never cease. THANK YOU and have a wonderful day!

    – Isabel Welch
  • 7.

    June 17, 2013
    5:46 am

    Right on! Also, children must remember parents are unique souls, so when they get older, we don't need to control them or tell them what to do. We don't necessarily know better bc our minds and bodies move faster! Blessings to you.

    – Cloris
  • 8.

    June 17, 2013
    8:45 am

    Wayne Dyer......my mentor for SO many years.

    – Donna
  • 9.

    June 17, 2013
    10:10 am

    Being Mom/Dad, oldest came to visit. Was telling me about a friend, new dad. Had called my son from hospital. 4 mo. old baby having seizures. Son arrived, hospital demanding $2,000! Son said he would be back, went withdrew money from savings. Son taught to give. He had listened! That was the greatest gift. Giving without a 2nd thought!

    – Jo Dee
  • 10.

    June 19, 2013
    2:36 am

    Kahlil Gibran's words are so right! Thanks for sharing such a beautiful piece of information with us!

    – priyanka
  • 11.

    June 19, 2013
    9:05 pm

    Just read Wishes Fulfilled, loved it, I have a photo of my sons First Communion with a beautiful orb, didnt know what it was before I read your book, shot it right in the moment when he was taking his communion in Panama, Central America, where we are from. I can send it to you. Thanks for all your teachings, I felt your love in every page.

    – Kayrah
  • 12.

    June 28, 2013
    10:45 pm

    Hi, Thank you for your visit to Halifax, NS, Canada. Your presentation was truly amazing. I can now cross an item of my bucket list, which was to attend one of your session and see you in person. thanks again for all that you do.

    – Carolyn
  • 13.

    July 7, 2013
    6:33 am

    Great insight into raising kids. I have always tried to instill that in my son and every so often I get a glimpse that he actually listened...

    – Deb
  • 14.

    July 14, 2013
    1:02 am

    Thank you for your posts, your books and your teachings. Fifteen years ago your book Manifest Your Destiny changed my life and brought my beautiful daughter to me. Sending you Love and Gratitude, Dr Wayne. Thank you.

    – Fiona
  • 15.

    September 5, 2013
    11:34 am

    A life changing illness has shown me my life purpose & given me the opportunity to help others recover & their families cope

    – Alison
  • 16.

    September 5, 2013
    11:37 am

    Will know I come from a place of sincerity, love and honesty and throw in some valuable humour to get us through the lonely tearful days. Thank you again for all you do for us all.

    – Alison

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