A Dad teaches.
A Dad hugs.
A Dad is present.
A Dad forgives.
A Dad empowers.
A Dad educates.
A Dad entertains.
A Dad models his words in action.
A Dad lives his dreams so his kids can live theirs.
A Dad priorities his faith and family above all else.
A Dad reads bedtime stories.
A Dad wrestles.
A Dad plays and inspires imagination and creativity.
A Dad does not belittle his children or his wife.
A Dad does not obliterate all independence and resilience in his sons.
A Dad does not force his sons to love what he loves and do what he does.
A Dad does not expect his children to be carbon copies of himself; powered by the narcissistic notion that they could not possibly come to better conclusions on their own.
A Dad is not selfish.
A Dad does not abandon his sons.
A Dad does not miss birthdays.
A Dad does not move away.
A Dad does not make promises and break them.
A Dad does not treat his son like he is an inconvenience.
A Dad supports his sons financially, emotionally, and physically.
A Dad is there to help you move into your first place.
A Dad is there not only at your graduations, but for every conference, game, event, etc.
A Dad is there for 3AM meltdowns and phone calls.
A Dad is there to advise when you want and need it.
A Dad is there to advise when you DON’T want it or need it.
A Dad flies across the country every other weekend to see his kid.
A Dad puts the brakes on his business to give his son the time he needs.
A Dad wants other people to ask his son,
“What the heck does your dad do for a living? How is it that he can be at every single game and practice? How can he drop you off and pick you up from school every day. Doesn’t he work?”
A Dad wants his sons to know he’s going to be there for them, not because he promises to do so, but because he’s been there so many times before. His body of work that precedes him means that he’ll never have to make a promise that his sons are unsure of whether or not he’ll keep. It means that he can tacitly support his sons and daughters and they’ll never question how (or whether) their father loves them.
Being a Dad is work. It’s hard work, but it’s rewarding work.
It’s hard work.
It’s hard work over time.
It’s hard work over a long period of time.
It’s consistent hard work over a long period of time.
Just because you’ve had a kid, it doesn’t make you a Dad. And if you can’t have kids, or can’t right now, remember that even in this moment, you’re much more of a Dad already than most men are even decades years after they’ve had kids.
The article that follows is written by Brendan Hufford. He writes articles and thinks thoughts on how to create a business that matters, without ruining your family atHustleHeart.co and hosts a free mastermind for Entrepreneur Dads.
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