What is a Dad?

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Every parent probably was nervous about becoming a mom or dad. It was not as if we took classes to prepare for being a good parent. Thus evolving into our parental role was mostly instinctive and a combination of how we grew up and what we perceive from society of what moms and dads do. No matter your style of parenting, the one thing that is true for every parent is that we love our children dearly and we want the best for them.



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I will be the first to tell you that I am no Ward Cleaver. Probably the number one thing I continue to work on is spending more time with my boys. I could stand to be more compassionate as well. My wife has taught me this over the years. That’s one of the many things I love about my relationship with my wife. She is always there to provide balance and perspective which has helped me become a better dad. Despite my shortcomings, I would say the good outweighs the bad. My goal is simple. I want to raise decent God fearing men with the knowledge to think for themselves. I believe if this is the case, they will succeed in whatever they do.



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Probably the most understated thing we can do as dads is to love our wives. We should not just preach, but lead by example. Loving our wives in front of our kids shows them how men are supposed to act. This is especially important for young men. Hugs, kisses, opening car doors, and just showing compassion to your wife will set the foundation of how your young men will treat their future wives. It will show the young daughters how to recognize a real man and not settle for a jerk. These are just some little things that I think are important. I wish I could say that I abide by all these rules, but I can’t. Sometimes I hit the mark and sometimes I miss, but I don’t quit. I learn from my mistakes and move forward with a little more wisdom. I found this passage below on the internet. I am sure a lot of you have heard this before. I think it does a good job of describing what a dad is. The author is unknown.



What is a Dad?

A dad is someone who

wants to catch you before you fall

But instead picks  you up,

and lets you try again.

A dad is someone who

wants to keep you from making mistakes

but instead lets you find your own way,

even though his heart breaks in silence

when you get hurt.

A dad is someone who

holds you when you cry,

scolds you when you break the rules,

shines with pride when you succeed,

and has faith in you even when you fail…


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  1. Brent Michael
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    Another excellent post, Travis. My kids are grown and now there are two special little granddaughters in our family and the adventure continues as we learn to be good grandparents, drawing on the things we got right as parents – and the things we didn’t. And so the cycle continues….. thanks for posting!

  2. Travis
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    Thanks for taking the time to visit my site! I appreciate your comments. Congratulations on becoming grandparents. I have a ways to go, but I hope I am fortunate to experience that adventure as well. Happy Father’s Day!

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