Fathers are important as well as mothers in the rearing of their children. I really and sincerely believe that. I love and adore my hardworking and loving father, and appreciate all the risks he took personally and encouraged me to take individually. Father’s Day is this Sunday, June 15, 2014 and I wanted to share with you some inspirational Father’s Day quotes from real families like yours. The quotes are from my fellow bloggers on why dad is so important. I hope you enjoy!
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…I’m consumed with all the thoughts and emotions of soon having the opportunity to be a dad. I think about my childhood and my dad and all the moments in my childhood that meant so much to me, playing pitch and catch in a freshly cut back yard, going to grandpa’s to work, shooting free throws for ice cream and rides in pickup trucks with the windows down. All of these thoughts just overwhelm me in can’t-describe-it, how-could-life-ever-be-this-good, sing-it-on-the-mountain joy.
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“Walk a little slower, daddy,” said a little child so small.
“I’m following in your footsteps and I don’t want to fall.
Sometimes your steps are very fast, Sometimes they’re hard to see.
So walk a little slower, Daddy, For you are leading me.
Someday when I’m all grown up, you’re what I want to be;
Then I will have a little child, Who’ll want to follow me.
And I would want to lead just right, And know that I was true;
So, walk a little slower, Daddy, For I must follow you.”
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You are a Daddy who is building memories which will shine and weave themselves into the brightest of childhood snapshots for your adult children decades from now.
You are a Daddy who is the model of Fatherhood for the future, seen in your children’s eyes. They want to grow up to be “just like Dad.”
You are your child’s heartstrings.
[Read all of Memoir Monday: Base Hits, Fishing Tackle, Hoops and Heartstrings by Chris of Campfires and Cleats]
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Real men treasure the little girls who they are entrusted to guide, teach, and love throughout their lives. Real men protect their girls. Real men would die to protect their daughters. Real men hold their baby girls and see the wealth of potential in their innocent little eyes. Real men train their daughters to be successful in life. Real men empower their daughters to be strong, brave women who respect themselves and others.
Not all men will have a daughter. Not all men will have a son. But all men can be a protector, an encourager, and champion of the women around them. Real men, like my husband, are not intimidated by strong women; they are cheering them on to success.
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Always do your best.
My father was a millwright by trade, and while he wasn’t in love with his job, he did it, and did it well. He rarely ever called in sick, usually took any overtime that was available, and was a dedicated employee. He did all of this because he knew that the job afforded him the ability to do the things he liked to do in his off-time and live where he wanted to live. Now that he’s retired, he’s still dedicated to doing what he feels is best. And he still works hard. He’s always determined to find the best way to do things, even if it costs a little bit more. He refuses to give up on a project, and I’m blessed to have been one of those projects he kept working on.
[Read all of Life Lessons I Learned from My Dad by Christina of Northern Cheapskate]
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Dad’s have hard jobs, they have to go out in the world, compete in a sometimes ruthless and harsh world… But they summon up the strength and push forward defying all the critics and the all the forces that could, and often do, combine against them. Sometimes dads are riskier playing with their kids and sometimes we’d get hurt… but it was worth the risk. We survived and the experiences we gained were priceless. Sometimes men ignore risks and/or don’t weigh all the possibilities of what could go wrong… but as a man working in a dog eat dog world… sometimes you have to slap on your big boy pants imagine that you’re invincible, forget about the risks, and go for it. Sure it might be terrifying but that’s the essence of manhood. And time and experience has proven to me that all those cliche phrases like man-up and take it like a man are well founded.
I remember as a child thinking my Dad was invincible. He truly was my super hero. I needed my mom to be there for me, to comfort me, to calm me, to quietly encourage me, but when things were scary or especially challenging… I needed my Dad to tell me to suck it up, put on my big girl pants and go for it. He seemed to see through my insecurities and fears and push me to become who I am today.
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[Download this Father’s Day FREE Printable – Dad a Son’s First Hero… quote by Annette of Tips from a Typical Mom.]
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…[A] father best prepares his child to function outside the home; they help a child take more risks, face challenges head on, and help to build a child’s self-respect and internal limits. Mothers are better caregivers where fathers tend to play more, particularly physically. Fathers give children that thrill of adventure, of testing their limits: they push harder and faster. Literally. My husband will toss my children high into the air as just little babies and catch them once again. He’ll spin them faster on the merry-go-round. He’ll push them higher on the swing, shove them down slides perhaps before they are ready, and encourage their first steps more. He’ll let them flip and fly and soar in ways that I can’t (physically) and won’t (mentally).
Mothers generally care more for the safety of their children. We want our children home, safe and secure. Fathers understand the need of children to leave their comfort zones and explore the world and run faster and jump higher and for longer.
These physical skills are important for a child to have a better connection with their own bodies and their capabilities, increasing their coordination, and preparing them for sports someday. And, it’s physical contact with dad.
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It meant the world to me as a kid when, upon missing my birthday, dad would come home with a small simple, truck stop gift, like a 5-piece wood puzzle of the letter A, since they were all out of the letter K (so he went with the second letter in my name). The fact that he was thinking about me and what was going on in my life always spoke volumes about the type of love he had for me. Even a simple question or comment about a concert or event that he missed because he was on the road meant a great deal to me. I knew my dad wanted to be there. He was my support even when he couldn’t physically be there. […]
My dad is stubborn; but, the things he’s most stubborn about are his love toward his children and his faith. He is faithful and loyal to his wife of 40 years and still considers her a “foxy lady.” And my dad, despite his rough hands, dirty clothes, and goofy-looking exterior, is a softie. My dad cries more than my mother. He can blubber like a baby watching a cheesy 30 second commercial on TV. And if his child ever performed or did something amazing, he was crying. That man is proud of his children and grandchildren and his happiness just can’t be kept inside. […]
I love my dad so much. And I know he loves me. He’s far from perfect and has many interesting quirks, but he’s a great father. He calls me often, even to just chat for two minutes to see how my family and I are doing. He always tells me how proud he is of me, and how confident he is that things will work out well for us, and that we’ll ultimately figure out our way in life. He’s always there, willing and wanting to help. And it continues to mean the world to me. How grateful I am for my father’s legacy.
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Have a great Father’s Day everyone! Make sure your dad knows how important he in your life by creating your own inspirational Father’s Day quotes about your own unique father (or husband). God bless! And may be all remember #aFathersLove!