Thursday, June 14, 2012

DAD = Dependable and Devoted

There is a lot of talk nowadays about what makes a good father. All too often the role of father has been negated or reduced to just a financial obligation. However, fathers, and father-figures, can and do play an invaluable role in the lives of children. It’s a role that doesn’t stop when a child turns 18, but that lasts a lifetime.

So in honor of Father’s Day, I want to take a moment to talk about two qualities good dads share.

Dad is dependable. He shows up when he says he’s going to show up. He does what he says he’s going to do. His word truly is his bond. Children crave certainty and security and the good dad recognizes that promises he makes are meant to be kept. Sure, things do come up and not every promise can be kept. Yet when those times arise, Dad has shown up often enough that those rare occasions can be forgiven.

Basically, Dads strive not to disappoint. They recognize that their child takes their words seriously so they will move heaven and earth to be there for their children. They can be counted on. When necessary, they, like the good mom, will go without so their children won’t have to. Kids that grow up with dependable parents often grow into people who can be depended on. They have seen a great example and they, in turn, become reliable, dependable adults.

Dad is devoted. His love for his children is never questioned – not by the child and not by others. He is there to support and encourage, to offer assistance and advice and to love and to listen. This doesn’t mean that he doesn’t ever feel impatient or angry or disappointed, of course he does, he’s human. Yet despite setbacks and heartaches, he always comes back. After all, dad is devoted.

So Happy Father’s Day to all the D.A.D’s out there. You deserve a special day for all of the special days you have given.

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