Where Would We Be Without Dedicated Dads?
Every June, we celebrate the value of dedicated dads. In these challenging times, the role of the father is more important than ever. Research shows us that children with involved fathers are more likely to succeed in school, less likely to use drugs and engage in other deviant behaviors, and are often more outgoing, adaptable and secure.
Dads are little boys, who grow up and find themselves the leader of something called a family. Dads are still full of snails and puppy dog tails...they add a dash of adventure but still make you feel safe. My granddaughter, Campbell, remembers some of her Pop's last words to her. He said, "Come on, Campbell. You can do it. Jump," as he urged her to jump off of the boat house into the lake, showing those boys they weren't the only brave ones. Dads give us strength and encouragement to challenge and achieve things we never thought possible. Thank you, Neil, for adding that strength and adventure to our family even while I was saying, "Are you sure this is a good idea?"
Being a Dad shouldn't be boring. Being a Dad is an exciting adventure that will challenge the little boy in you to grow up to become a better man. A Dad is a man who is both tough and tender. Someone once said the best thing a father can do for their children is love to their mother. Now that is good advice, but it can also be a challenge. Have a fun Father's Day and don't lose the little boy in you... let that little boy help to make your family life an adventure.
The National Family Partnership would like to thank all of those involved dads out there for your love, dedication and your significant contribution to the safe and healthy growth and development of your children. We know your job is not an easy one and we appreciate all that you do. And remember - we are always here to help. Visit us at www.nfp.org.
Until next time,