If you asked me, "What is something special I love doing?" One of the first things out of my mouth would be, "Going on dates with my girls and doing special things with my son." I know that today's younger generation loves hanging out with their friends, sitting in front of a TV or game console, being preoccupied with their cellphone, and many other things. The relational disconnect between kids and parents continues to increase. But when it comes down to it, my kids need quality time with me. Time where we can talk, play and connect :) I did this a few nights ago with my youngest daughter. We went to her favorite Starbucks, and not because of the coffee, but because they have the best furniture. I got her favorite drink (a blended juice), then we played cards and talked on her favorite chaise, for the next 45 minutes. I must admit she did crush me in cards, but I wouldn't trade our time together for the world. I needed to talk with my daughter and she needed to talk with me. It was such a wonderful "daddy date." I realize that we all have very busy schedules with a lot going on in our lives. However, there aren't very many things that come before being a parent. I must make time to do things like this. It must be a priority. Being a parent takes time and hard work, but it's well worth it. Dads, I especially challenge you. Go and do something with your kids. Let them know how you love them and how much they mean to you. It doesn't have to be anything elaborate. Make it a priority because before you know it, they'll be all grown up.