A few weeks ago, someone in the group said in our group that they feel as though Mother's Day lasts a couple days, while Father's Day lasts a couple minutes. Some of you felt the same way. So, today I take a break to write you "Ode to Dads" to keep the Father's Day training going.
Ode to F/A Dads
Alright, if I'm being honest, I'm not a poet - so let me shoot straight...
You are freaking awesome! Regardless of the type of dad your child thinks you are right here, right now, in this very moment, know that if you are loving your child - you are killing the dad game right now.
Your presence, your engagement, your encouragement - it means something. Words have the power to spur your child on when they are feeling down. Words have the power to lift your child's heavy burdens, and you do just that - you should be proud of yourself.
No matter how many hardships, no matter how many trials, know that you are not alone. We, brothers, are here for each other. To come alongside and pick our brother's up. To encourage them to keep loving. To encourage them to become better father's. To just listen and be there - you are leaders.
Let's be real, you put up with a lot of crap. Crap that you may or may not trade for the world. Tantrums, ADHD, RAD, past traumas, you name it. And you hug and kiss your kids regardless of the hell they put you through - you are compassionate.
You do things you wouldn't normally do. Activities you don't typically enjoy. Painting your nails and having tea with your daughter. Playing a sport you don't enjoy. Listening to that instrument that makes you want to pull your hair out - you care.
Gentlemen, you mean more to your kids than they will ever know. So if you are going through a tough time right now - they know you love them. If you are going through a great time - keep loving. Gentlemen, you are amazing. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise. You've chosen to walk a road that most people cannot handle. You've chosen a journey that leaves you with emotional wounds and scars. But each and every day, you show up. You love that child or those children with every fiber of your being, and when you screw up - you model saying sorry and asking for forgiveness.
Keep loving those kids and never let go. I'm proud of you all.
Happy Father's Day - Part 2