Celebrating Dads and Role Models

Last Update: June 17, 2018

First, Happy Father's Day to the those who are dads. You have such an important and huge role in a child's life. How a child sees life and goes through life is directly impacted by your affirmations of them, what you believe about them, your advice when they have challenges, as well as your modeling before their eyes how to keep going through thick and thin.

Children are like little sponges soaking up what you say about them and about others, how you treat them and others, learning what your body language means, picking up your mannerisms, your vocabulary, and your outlook on life as well as on their ability to succeed. What an important role you have! While nobody is perfect, keep giving it your best shot. Keep it real and admit your imperfections to them and keep trying. Most importantly, stay teachable so past mistakes can become springboards to becoming the best dad you can be.

Second, I know that not everyone is a dad, but sometimes guys step up to fill the shoes of a dad who is deceased, or serving our country, or who is absent for other reasons, or because of disabilities needs a little help to fulfill his fatherly role. Those guys are far too often overlooked and not celebrated on Father's Day when they too play a vital role in a child's life. There are guys who become mentors and heroes and men who speak into a child's life, taking them places and doing things with them when the biological dad is not present. You deserve to be celebrated too for all you do!

So to all of you, whether dads or significant role models, I celebrate you and wish you another wonderful year of being the best at what you do! :)

Colleen

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FLively1 Premium
Such a way with words you have, you got me right between the running lights. I read that "it takes only a moment to become a father, but a lifetime to be a Dad." I had the privilege last evening to play the part of a 'jolly old Elf' for about 60 3-4-& 5-year-old children from a day school and after-school program. There a few Dads, but mostly dedicated Mothers. I left there exhausted and couldn't sleep thinking of the smiles when first they saw me. Their joy was fully exposed to see with no shame, a bit of suspiciousness, but just thrilled to see that old elf. That traditional Elf brought joy to that gaggle of children of all colors, makes and models joy and more understanding and joy to me. HO HO HO, cause joy. Thx for that opportunity.
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ColleenLVSJC Premium
Awww.... what a wonderful opportunity for you! You touched so many lives for the better. The world has become so filled with anger, hatred, and neglect that children don't know who they can trust or who it's safe to speak to. That's a sad state of affairs in my book, b/c it has significantly interfered with their ability to really be free and to experience the awe and wonder of being children and to trust adults who should be protecting them.

I'm so glad that you had such a grand experience to share love & smiles those little ones. How special!! :)

Blessings,
Colleen
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FLively1 Premium
Thx, Colleen, it was a grand experience. However, I have been suffering from Clausenza ever since that experience. The mother of all sinusitis events. Beginning to feel some better, but I would not trade the time I spent with those beaming little faces. The do believe.
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ColleenLVSJC Premium
Eeesh...here's to a quick resolve to the sinusitis. Sounds like it was such a valuable experience for all with the children. Hopefully, their smiling faces will keep you going through this whole holiday season! :)
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Wealth2018 Premium
Thanks for the reminders Colleen. I know some of those non-biological dads - I am sure a lot of us do - and you are correct. They fill those 'shoes' and need to be appreciated for all they do!. Thanks again :).
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ColleenLVSJC Premium
Yes, and those are big shoes to fill! :)
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Wealth2018 Premium
Yes they are!
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RAFStuart Premium
Colleen, what a lovely heartfelt post.
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ColleenLVSJC Premium
Thank you! I like to give credit where credit is due. ☺️
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