I recently read an article written by a woman who talked about how much dads are often discounted when it comes to taking care of children. It’s true that in commercials and sit-coms we do get cast as dopey dudes who make messes and can’t handle household chores, but we know that really isn’t the case for most of us.
So, whether you’re grilling out with friends and family, headed to the pool or just relaxing at home, here’s to you. If you’re with your kids today, give them huge hugs and kisses and let them know how much they mean to you and how proud you are to be their dad. If they’re not with you, give them a call (if they haven’t already called you) and do the same.
Father’s Day may be set up as a recognition of us dads, but rather than reveling in receiving all the acknowledgements we feel we might deserve, I think it really serves as a time for internal reflection about the gifts that we have been given with the incredibly proud, difficult and joyful responsibility of being a dad. They do look to us, and I think it’s a worthwhile endeavor to do and be our best for them so that they can learn from our successes as well as our mistakes.
All the sappy stuff aside, Happy Father’s Day! Hope you have exactly the kind of day you envisioned.