Here to learn about how to be a better dad? We’ve got 7 things that might help you know where you stand with your kids. These 7 indicators will help you know how to be a better dad and win in the eyes of your children. Men like measurable data. Check out baseball, for example. That game counts everything and has a stat for every situation. We like to keep count, and measure progress.

Four sets of eight on squats this week, maybe four sets of nine next week. Progress. But it can be a little trickier when it comes to measuring how to be a better dad, and if we’re progressing or not.

How are you measuring up as a dad? It’s tough to know, right? It’s one of the many reasons there are Field Guides on how to be a better dad, and why I wrote the Keeping Score Field Guide.

Very little of Jesus’ childhood is mentioned in the Gospels but we get a glimpse of how He grew up in the Book of Luke. “And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man,” (Luke 2:52, ESV).

From this verse we can see Jesus grew stronger physically, mentally, and in His relationships with God and people. Not a bad blueprint for success! But of those four aspects of growth only one is easily measurable—physical growth.

So, while it’s difficult to keep an accurate system of metrics on your kid’s spiritual growth, there are indicators we can look for that will give us some feedback on how our kids are tracking spiritually. Let’s consider a handful.

#1 Response to drama or things not going their way

How does your son or daughter react when trouble hits? When situations go differently than they were hoping, what’s their response? Is it the end of the world? Do they blame others or deny any fault of their own? Or do they accept responsibility? Do they go to you or God for help?

#2 Willingness to obey

Are your kids obedient to all authorities in their life? Are they respectful to their coaches? Teachers? Adult neighbors? How they treat other people is a big indicator to keep an eye on.

#3 Notice the marginalized at school

How do your kids respond to the kids at the