Good Fathers are Worth Celebrating

 
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With Father's Day right around the corner, we wanted to take a moment to think about all the amazing fathers around the world. Because there are some fathers in this world who aren’t so good at being dads, we think that the good ones are worth celebrating.

According to a survey done by Zero to Three, and some “Dad stats”, we wanted to highlight some of the best things about fathers:  

-90% of fathers say that raising their children has been life’s greatest joy
-85% say that being a father is the best job in the world
-73% say their lives began when they became a dad
-62% say they want more information on becoming a better dad
-Preschoolers’ with involved fathers have better verbal skills
-Girls with strong relationships with their fathers do better in mathematics
-Boys with strong relationships with their fathers get better grades and perform better on achievement tests

Seeing the statistics on the effect that an absent father has on children can help us celebrate the presence of a father or father figure even more. According to the US Census Bureau, 1 in 4 children live without a father in the home. We think that fatherhood runs deeper than blood: being a dad is about protecting, cherishing, and always being there for your children. No matter what.

If you’re in the camp where your father was absent, abusive, or unsupportive, we know it’s tough and we are sorry for the pain you have walked through. If you had another relative, coach, mentor, or your mom fill that role, take the time to thank them for stepping up in your life.

And, for all you ladies out there with the good dads, granddads, mentors, coaches, pastors, leaders and more, we think you should take the time to celebrate them this Father’s Day. To show your dad, coach, mom, relative or other father figures how thankful you are for him/her, we have a few ideas:

  • Write a thoughtful + creative note sharing why you love & respect them, and how they shaped you into the person you are today.

  • If you have siblings, plan a picnic in the park for a family outing. Bring a football and frisbee!

  • What does your dad/father figure love to do? Fishing, working out, watching football? Take the time to join them in their favorite activity and share what they love.

  • If you’re far away, send them some of their favorite goodies and let them know you’re thinking of them!