Sunday, June 21, 2015

For the Dads and the Moms Who Had to be Dad, Too!

by Leann






Just a short post to say how great it is that dads are taking more of a role in today's society as caregivers. Back when I was growing up, "Father's Day" seemed to be more of a celebration for my grandfather than for my dad. Of course my father was usually on the golf course the entire day and we didn't get to bring him breakfast or cards or presents.In fact, we might not have even seen him!

My son is such a "hands on" dad and is so amazing with his three little girls. I am very proud that my husband was a good role model and maybe I had a chance to "influence" him on how to treat his family. Those girls adore their daddy! I love it. We celebrate Father's Day here even without family close. He deserves to be honored!

With the increase in divorce a lot of moms play both roles--although that's not to say divorced fathers aren't present for their kids. Many of them are and it is so important. So applause to all you dads out there--and the grandfathers, too. This is your day to be appreciated for all you do!

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

I did not have a good relationship with my dad because he was an alcoholic and gambler but I still need to give him credit because he really expected all of his three kids, not just not my brother, to go to college. He was the middle of nine kids and put himself through college at the height of the Depression. Conversations in our house often started with "When (not if) you go to college..." He served on numerous school boards in our community and often drove 300 miles one way to go to state meetings. Cordella

Jen Scott said...

Happy Father's Day!

Leann Sweeney said...

My dad and I had a rocky road, too. It was another time. My brother was the expected to go to college (he didn't) and my sister and I? Not so much. My sister and I both have two degrees and lots of other post grad training. Tell a girl she can't do something and watch out!! LOL!!

Leann Sweeney said...

Yup. For all the good dads out there!

Tonya Thomas said...

It'll be a sad Father's Day for the many divorced dads whose ex-wives have poisoned their children against them, or deliberately keep their children away from their fathers just to punish them. I wish I could say this didn't happen often, but I know far too many sad fathers who never get to see their children. It's also the kids who miss out.

Diane LaBrie Leverson said...

My Dad was easy to talk to and I remember thinking if I wanted to do something I knew he wouldn't approve of, that he would kill me. LOL He only spanked me once and I deserved it. Roller Skating in the house and not stopping when told to. So I don't know why I thought he would kill me. I was an only child and when he would come in the house from work, the first thing he would say was "Where's Diane" Maybe it was if should he lock the door, not where I was? He was very involved in the Community and started a lot of programs for our small town. I miss him. RIP Dad 1910-1976

Anonymous said...

Well said, Leann! My father was the kindest man I've ever known and a great role model. He will always be with me.

Leann Sweeney said...

You are so right, Tonya. Children should not be put in the middle of animosity between parents who cannot get along. It is robbing the children and creating hate.

Leann Sweeney said...

I'm glad you have such great memories of your dad. He sounds wonderful!

Leann Sweeney said...

That is so great. Pat! Dads do teach their kids to dream and will always be a part of us.

Anonymous said...

All of us did complete college. Both my brother and I also got graduate degrees. Cordella