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LEADING BY EXAMPLE How My Dad Modeled Healthy, Supportive Fatherhood
When you’re a kid, you don’t think your environment is extraordinary. But over the years, I learned from his example and applied it to my own life. My dad and I spent a lot of time together when I started working for the family business, and we still see each other consistently and have lunch with each other almost every day. Obviously, I prefer to see him outside of work, but he is still someone I look up to, and I learn something from him each day.
The best part of being a dad is going home every night to two smiling faces calling my name and begging for hugs and kisses. Becoming a father has taught me how to be a better person. Once I had kids, I had to learn how to become a better time manager, a better delegator, and a more patient and understanding individual. It also made me cherish time away from work and the moments I get to spend with my family. As my girls grow up, I want to teach them to think for themselves and work hard, and I want them to know what love really looks like. Just as my dad did for me, I want to lead by example and provide them with positive experiences so they can look back and say, “I had a great childhood.” My dad was always there for me, even when he worked long hours, and I plan on being there for my daughters no matter the cost.
When I was growing up, my parents went out of their way to make sure my siblings and I felt comfortable and secure. My dad never let us know when business was bad, and we had no idea about those hard times until years later. Both of my parents shouldered the burden so that we didn’t have to. If we needed anything, they were there to help us get it, but they also encouraged us to work for what we wanted. Sometimes I’d tell my dad that I wanted (not needed) something, and he would say, “Okay great! Go out and work for it!” As a kid, I never heard my dad complain about anything. No matter what, even if he was in a tough situation, my dad went out and took care of business. He has always been a go-getter. As a child, I didn’t realize how valuable this attitude could be. It wasn’t until I became an adult that I realized what he did for our family.
“The best part of being a dad is going home every night to two smiling faces calling my name and begging for hugs and kisses.”
I hope you have a great Father’s Day. We look forward to seeing you soon.
My dad did a great job of preparing me to be a father to my girls. He never sat me down and told me the secrets of parenthood, but through his example, I learned what it means to be a caring, supportive father.
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