Time is fleeting, as I wrote in the previous post regarding loving our daughters, so we as fathers must be vigilant about loving our children well. After my two daughters made their appearance, God blessed us with a son.
There is a difference. Maybe our ever-growing egalitarian culture would tell us that we love and disciple our sons and daughters exactly the same, but the Word of God indicates something different. The Bible is clear in multiple places that men and women who love and follow Jesus have different functions (1 Tim 2:8-15; Eph 5:22-33). Therefore, if we as parents are committed to doing all that is within our ability to disciple our children to biblical womanhood and adulthood, we will disciple them differently. Discipleship is an outworking of our love for them.
My son is the youngest of our three kiddos. Since he is five years old there are some practical ways that I can love him differently merely because of his age. My son and daughters have needs that are different, not only because of gender, but also due to age difference. That being said, the principles that shape the way I love my son and my daughters are the same.