My father wasn’t around. That doesn’t mean I didn’t learn a lot from him. Here are “Five Father’s Day lessons I learned from my Dad”:
1. Always be there. Never under any circumstances stop being there for your child, and if that’s hard to do for whatever reason, no matter what you do, don’t stop trying to stay in contact with them. Write, call, visit, anything. Never give them the impression that you just gave up because when you fall back, that’s exactly what they will think.
2. Always be honest. Do what you say, and say what you mean. Trust is the most important thing you can share with your child. If you say you will be there, be there. If you can’t be there, be honest about why. If you say “I love you” than you damn sure better prove it. Children need reassurance and validation all the time, be the one to give it to them. You are only as good as your word and show them that a man keeps his word.
3. Don’t run from your problems. A man doesn’t run from his mistakes, he doesn’t hide from uncomfortable situations and he doesn’t turn and run when it gets tough. Show your child that men don’t run from responsibility, they don’t hide from uncomfortable situations and they never stop fighting for what’s right.
4. Don’t forget birthdays and holidays. It’s easy to make it through every other day of the year but holidays are a time for family and your children are looking to hear from you. It could be as simple as a card, a phone call, a gift, or just being there. Children always would appreciate your presence more than presents.
5. Always try your best. Being a father is the toughest job you will ever have the honor of doing. Many times you have to take the high road, grin and bear it and get knocked down with no help up. It’s your obligation to dust yourself off and be the best father you can be no matter what. You owe it to your child.
There you have it, a lesson learned is a lesson earned. These have been earned for sure. Happy Father’s Day, Dads.