For the very first time one of my kids traveled with me to speaking engagement. The D6 Conference was an incredible time and even had prepared generously for my oldest son (he’s just short of 10 years old) to be there with me at the event. They had a little speaker gift bag waiting for him and welcomed him into the green room with all of the main stage speakers. It was incredible. We were so blessed by the little touches from their team and generosity!
But the best part was when happened when the conference was over – they took us back to the airport and instead of flying home we got a cheap economy rental car and checked into a hotel for the weekend. We’ve been planning on spending a few days together just him and I and working through the James Dobson Preparing for Adolescence CDs and workbook. Thanks to priceline.com we scored a 4-star hotel for less than $50 a night. Crazy deals!
You see, my dad took me on a trip just like this when I was about this age. We worked through the same CDs (actually tapes, at the time, haha) and it even happened in Dallas. We ate junk food, talked late into the night, and went go-karting. I learned about growing up, peer pressure, sex and puberty that week. It was just one of many life conversations with my dad, and 25 years later I still remember it to this day. I can’t believe I’m old enough to be taking my son on a trip like this.
We set the bar high for my other 3 kids, we had a blast (and better start saving for trip #2 now). One of my life goals is to be the best dad in the world, and it was awesome to watch my son grow up before my eyes this past weekend. I’m sure I’ll journal (and possibly blog) more about this experience in the future, but it was life-changing for both my son and his dad.
Dad speaks @ D6 Conference
Poncho’s Mexican Buffet
Movie: Dolphin Tale 3D
Disc 1-4 [growing up, identity, peer pressure]
Dickey’s Pit BBQ (ribs)
Dollar Theater: Zookeeper
Watch UFC 135 at Buffalo Wild Wings
Disc 5-6 [puberty and sex]
Legoland Discovery & Sea Life Aquarium [free admission from a stranger]
Travel to Lewisville (I lived there as a kid for a few years)
Mr. Jim’s Pizza
Disc 7 [faq, testimonies]
Monday Night Football at Cowboys Stadium
[$30 tickets on StubHub]
As you can see from the schedule, we planned an epic weekend – my wife reminded me more than a couple times to make sure we actually got through the material and didn’t just play. We learned a ton. We played hard. We ate lots of junk food. And we basically burned through the speaker honorarium from D6. Oh well!
It was so worth it. One of the most incredible, bonding things I’ve ever been a part of. I shared my dreams for my son with him. I shared with him God’s plan for his life and God’s best plan for sex, marriage, purity and manhood. The door that most parents are afraid to even crack was kicked wide open. My almost 10-year old boy is now a man. Couldn’t be more proud. What a weekend!