Being a dad isn’t an easy job. I don’t think I have ever run across someone who said otherwise. But it is a job that I love and cherish every single day. I mean life in general isn’t easy, right? For me being a dad is more special than anything else in my life. You see, I had no idea that I was going to be an instant dad nearly 15 years ago, and then again just 8 short years ago. I met my son when he was just 18 months old and my daughter when she was 6. I love them both with every fiber of my being.
I was kind of just thrown into being a dad, which for me, was just as much of a blessing as if I had had my own kids and gone through birth and delivery. But even for dads who have done that, is anyone ever really ready? You can prepare for days, weeks or years, but there is no manual or instructions that will make you an instant “good dad.” But you don’t need all that mess, guys. You just have to take the time out of your day, every day, and spend time with your kids. The rest just comes as it comes.
Even though my kids are now teenagers, we still watch movies like Kung Fu Panda. And I think today, we can really take a lesson from Po and his dad. He was able to overcome some unique circumstances because of his relationship with this father. With the love and advice from dad, Po came out on top!
My dad was always very busy working to make ends meet and I love him for that. I do the same thing. Working full time and very tired much of the time. But regardless, I take time to make sure that my kids know that I am there for them no matter what. Those special days of bonding mean more to them than they will probably ever be able to express to you in their own words. And that is okay too.
What do we do?
- Cook meals together
- Do projects together (like working on their first car)
- Go fishing together
- Go hiking together
- Go Geocaching together
- Play sports
- Take spur of the moment road trips
- Watch movies and play games together
Every man is capable of being a great dad! Eighty-six percent of dads spend more time with their children today than their own fathers did with them. According to a national survey conducted by the Ad Council, a majority of dads (7 out of 10) also reported that they could use tips on how to be a better parent. But don’t sell yourself short. If you are taking time out of your day and spending time with your kids, you are a good dad. If you plan dates with your kids, you are a good dad.
If you know someone who is struggling as a dad, share this message. Fatherhood.gov and the Ad Council are asking dads everywhere to make an effort to inspire and support men in their commitment to responsible fatherhood. Involvement in the lives of your kids is essential to their well-being.