With Father’s Day just behind, and we spoke about ours HERE, I thought I’d write a little something about fathers. Thankfully I was blessed with a wonderful father, whom I have always been close to, and Elijah now has two grandfathers who love him very much. His number one is his daddy, who totally loves him to bits! Dads really are a different kind of awesome, and I feel like they don’t get enough credit. It is hard to sum up how amazingly attentive and loving Justin is as a father, and I can see that Eli already values him so much. He is strict but tender, with a love that seems to flow so effortlessly. He is an absolute natural with our son, and I know that there are only going to grow closer and closer with each year that passes. I love watching them play, read, and interact. Watching them brings me so much joy, especially because I firmly believe that a relationship with one’s father is so fundamental.
“A father’s love contributes as much — and sometimes more — to a child’s development as does a mother’s love. That is one of many findings in a new large-scale analysis of research about the power of parental rejection and acceptance in shaping our personalities as children and into adulthood.”
– Society for Personality and Social Psychology
The following piece is from a site called Healing Love Notes, and was written by Mia Rose…
“Father love means many things to many people. For some, it is the support and encouragement they received before a big game. For others it could be hours that dad spent helping with math homework. But overall, one of the most special things about being a father is that feeling of accomplishment when your child, a small person that you nurtured, loved and taught does something great.
For a daughter, a father’s love is one of the most important bedrocks of her growing up. A girl will look to her dad as a symbol of what is good and admirable in a man. It is in the way that dads complement their daughters for their intelligence, beauty and strength that in turn solidifies a young woman’s belief in herself. Being daddy’s little girl is a role that many young woman relish and this is indeed another one of the very special aspects of being a dad. While this role definitely comes with a significant amount of pressure there is nothing more satisfying for a father than having his little girl look up to him.
A father’s love is, of course, an equally important element in a young man’s life. Many boys love to do all the things their dads do. Think about that charming image of a father and son fishing; or a son handing a wrench to his dad under the hood of a car. No matter what daddy is doing you can be certain that the son will want to do it too. Young men learn what it means to be a man from the example of their fathers. Again, this is not a role to be taken lightly. Many young men will follow in their father’s career paths because they are in awe of the man that raised them to be what they are. This can be one of the most exciting moments of a father’s life: when a son or daughter goes to the same college or takes over a family business.
Other than how a father impacts the family, the family too has an impact on the father. The three most amazing things about being a dad are: the hugs and kisses, listening to his children’s stories and, most importantly, watching his kids grow up. A father’s love is special because it inspires so much love in return.”
To my Father, and to the Father of my Child –
Your love is refreshing, boundless, and greatly appreciated!