But even in the midst of the highs and lows, there’s a continuity of purpose. Kids cannot thrive without parents, and having both is best. No matter how basic the definition, a father’s job is of utmost importance and can’t be disregarded when it comes to the emotional development of boys and girls. The point is that dads make a difference. You matter.
My own dad has made a huge difference in my life, and every day I’m thankful for him. He’s always been a hard worker. He performed difficult, taxing work with unpleasant hours and all with very little gratitude shown from his young children. We may not have understood why he did what he did then, but eventually kids grow up and discover true appreciation. I know I did.
Often, fatherhood probably feels like a thankless job, but don’t give up. You are making a difference every day you show up, every day you give a smile, a hug, a word of encouragement, and even a boundary of right versus wrong. Every little nuance of fatherhood plays into the success of your children.
One sometimes overlooked part of being a dad that made a huge impact on me was how my own father invited me into his life; his pursuits; his free time. . . .