It’s Sunday. It’s Father’s Day. It’s a day of a lot of mixed emotions for me so I thought I would just be short and sweet and give you, in my humble opinion, the top five qualities that a dad should possess.
1. Be funny.
Most of the time, Mom is spending more time with the kids and making sure toys get picked up and clothes get put in the hamper. Dad needs to provide some comic relief. Be the yin to mom’s yang. Play good cop, bad cop. But be fun and make them laugh.
2. Be physical.
Kids watch TV, play video games, work on the computer. When Dad comes home, it’s time run around and wrestle and tickle and ride your bike and play baseball. Get your bodies moving. Moms can do this too be remember we’re delicate flowers sometimes.
3. Be strong.
No need to be a tough guy but make sure your kids think you are invincible. Give them a sense of security and protection and make them feel like Dad’s arms are the safest place in the world.
4. Be domestic.
Kids learn gender stereotypes at home. Show them that you can cook and clean and do laundry. Show them that woman’s work doesn’t have to always be done by women.
5. Be loving.
Love their mom. Love them. Be soft and give hugs and kisses. And tell them you love them as often as you can.
Don’t worry. Doesn’t mean Mom can’t be fun-loving, silly, sappy, and all the rest. I hope not. Otherwise, I don’t want to do this mom thing anymore. But the memories with Dad also help shape who our children become.
Happy Father’s Day to all those dads who are doing everything right. Or at least learning along the way.