Monday Motivations: The Blessings of Fatherhood

Being a father is one of the most wonderfully revealing experiences a man can go through. It is a test of your character. It refines you, makes you aware of your own mortality. Your own father finally seems wise. You’re  empathetic towards his struggle to provide, protect and guide you. Whatever differences you may have had with him can now seem small and insignificant. If you’ve ever experienced “father hunger,” or didn’t have him around, it motivates you to be better, transform yourself  into someone that connects more, listens more and learn more. If you have boys, you understand the need to be just as tender with them as you would be with your girls;  bonding will not be just about playing catch, but about instilling life skills to make them better men. When you talk with your young daughter, you are mindful that your actions will define how she views potential suitors. It’s a lot of work. It’s a lot of responsibility. It should give you pause as well. It should make you appreciate  the importance of being present, fully engaged in their emotional, mental and spiritual lives. Fathers, we have such an important role to play in the lives of our boy and girls: nurturer, protector and provider.

Let’s not get too caught up in the material providing that we neglect the balance of  being a nurturer, a place for our children to feel safe in revealing all parts of their personality. They need affection, acceptance, attention and approval. If we do this the rewards come, not when they meet some financial, educational or philanthropic success. The rewards come when you realize that they’ve become a better parent than you and then the  real fun begins… grandparenting.

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