A True Father Is One Who Understands That Family Comes First
Becoming the father of a child is a relatively simple process. If it wasn’t, we wouldn’t be here in the first place. You don’t need much more than sex and luck in order to get a woman pregnant and end up as a parent.
But being a dad – now, that takes something else.
Being a dad is about far more than just fathering a child. It’s about who you are as a person. It’s about the way you view yourself, others, and the world, and the way those views are reflected in how your treat your children.
Being a dad is about being there for your family – and not just with your wallet when something needs paying for. It’s about being able to comfort your son or daughter when they’re crying. It’s about being able to be gentle, to be kind, compassionate, and understanding. It’s about knowing that nothing good is achieved through raising your voice and throwing your weight around.
Being a dad means spending time with your kids. It means not being afraid to embrace your silly side in order to have fun with your children.
Being a dad is about taking care of your family’s emotional needs as well as their physical ones. It’s about sticking by your children through thick and thin, not abandoning them as soon as times get tough. A dad is someone who goes to any length to make sure their kids are healthy, happy, and safe, not someone who just does the bare minimum and then holds their hands up in defeat.
A dad is someone who treats others with respect and patience, regardless of who they are, what they look like, or what choices they make about what they do with their lives.
A dad is a man that can hold his hands up and admit when he’s wrong. Someone who can accept their own flaws, and knows that they can’t judge anyone else too harshly for the same reason. A dad is a person that knows the limits of their own understanding, and keeps an open mind about all things.
A dad is someone who understands that they are a role model for their kids. It’s someone who knows that their behavior directly influences the way their children think, feel, and act.
A true dad is someone who knows they have to make sacrifices for their family, and does so without hesitation. Someone who puts their children first, above anyone else; someone who understands that they are responsible for the future wellbeing of their children and cares about their future.
Being a dad means knowing how to have fun. It means knowing when to break the rules, when to let your hair down for the sake of enjoying the present moment. It means getting to know your children as the miniature people that they really are. It means knowing their likes and dislikes, their hopes and dreams, their hobbies, their friends and their enemies.
But most of all, being a dad means learning as much from your children as they learn from you, and becoming a better person every day.