Encouraging Dads: The Simple Act of a Father

I was kindly given the opportunity to write an article about one amazing dad–my dad–for Encouraging Dads Project, the makers of The Father Effect, a short film on YouTube.
They would love it if you’d head on over to their website and submit a story of your own that would help to encourage dads! It’s easy to do. It doesn’t have to be about your own dad, but any man who has influenced your life in a positive way. Their website explains so much better! Read below and then head on over. They are ever so kind. 🙂
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The Simple Act of a Father

written and submitted by Rachael Ritchey

Fatherhood is a complicated word. Yes, the dictionaries tend to simplify it down to “the state of being a father” where father is “the male parent of one or more children.” Fatherhood is so much more than this boiled down skeleton. It’s a vast ocean with soaring waves of elation and depths so dark one wonders if he can ever find the surface again. You know what I’m talking about?

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. . . .

Click here to read the rest of the article at EncouragingDads.com

 


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