Dads are often acknowledged for the “easy” things like teaching their kids how to hit a ball or ride a bike — but they are a bigger part of the picture. They are the ones who teach boys that it’s okay to cry and the ones who set the first example of how a girl should be treated. Fathers help us make decisions and hold the family together. To thank them for all they have done and continue to do, we wanted to send an open letter.
A letter to Fathers…
Your impact on your children is vital, and the way you step into that role of influence makes us eternally grateful. Though moms nurture, manage, and provide for their children in every way, fathers have an unmatched importance.
Maybe you have embraced your role as a Father, or maybe you haven’t. Either way, there is still time! You can become the dad you’ve always wanted to be and the one your children need. You are worthy and deserving of healing in your relationships and only YOU can take that first step with your children. They may be resistant or scared to accept a new relationship with you, but I promise they desire one.
If you are already an involved father, THANK YOU! You are the first man your children will ever love and your child’s real-life superhero. Your arms are a safe haven, and your smile gives your kids a feeling of pride. In a world that tells your children that they are never enough, your listening ears are deliberate and accepting.
It takes wisdom and strength to go from a boy to a man, and when you took on the title of “Dad,” you said goodbye to boyhood. Though you are on your own journey as a man outside of being a father, you have made your role a priority and have had the courage to say “I’m sorry” during the times when you haven’t.
Thank you for being your children’s courage when they face fear and the mender of broken hearts. Thank you for standing tall in your example of how a man should love and support those he loves. Your influence does not go unnoticed and neither does your strong presence during difficult times.
There are many great men in this world, and we are grateful you are one of them!