I know that it’s cliché to say that one of the most powerful moments in a man’s life is when his child comes into his world, but it is nonetheless true. With effort, you can harness it and make it stronger, but fail to nurture it and it’ll slip through your fingers.
It’s true that almost anyone can be a father, but how do you become Super Dad? You know the dad—the one who has a loving, communicative and respectful relationship with their child. He allows his kid to take educated risks, exposes them to what the world has to offer but also allows himself to laugh and cry with them. How do I strip off the tie and glasses to become this man of men? Full disclosure here, I do not know.
However, what I have picked up in my ten years as a parent would be to love them, create with them, expose them to all that you can, listen to them, listen some more and love their mother with all your heart. Hopefully, when or if my daughters choose to marry, they’ll pick a partner that treats them well, maybe even better than I did (is that possible?!) and then I would know that I did my job.
Happy Dad’s Day my brothers!
by Greg Santomero
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