You. Yea, you. I'm talking to you. I know--it's a little weird. You aren't the typical blog reading type. That's okay. Even if you never end up seeing this, it's all good.
Do you know how important you are? I think you mostly do realize the importance of your presence in your children's lives. But I just want to reinforce this for a second----
Momma is super important. Yes, it's true. BUT SO ARE YOU.
The way you love your kids? It's different than us moms do. It's special, it's so beautiful, it's fun and adventurous, and there's just something about daddy play time that is...dare I say, a little more fun than with mom. There's a spark in their little eyes when you get home. They crave the weekend when your presence is more often. Do you know what that means? That you're doing a darn good job, Dad. Keep it up.
Did you know that you being hands on, from the earliest of stages helps your baby establish basic trust and better social connections? It's true. That is a pretty freaking huge deal. There's nothing I love more than seeing a hands-on Daddy from the get-go. Get in there, dad. Do the diapers. Burp the baby. Cuddle and love and snuggle when they're crying. I know you don't have a boob to instantly pacify--but, Dad, rock that baby. Pat, pat, pat. Pat while you're watching the game. Sing your favorite songs. Do the silly dances. Get in there and rock the shizz out of being a dad. Your calm presence from the earliest stages will be felt. It will be needed. Trust me. And if you're doing all this? Or have done all this? You're a good one. Such a good one, dad. Know this.
Dads--it seems easy in this culture of work-work-work to get caught up in that and spend less and less time at home with your family. Rearrange a little--sometimes, when you can. Make the games. Make the performances. And don't just make it, but be present there, dad.
Enjoy the silly moments, who cares if anyone is looking.
Be proud of your family.
Laugh a lot.
Give a whole lot of piggy back & shoulder rides.
Play sports with them.
Love their momma well.
Support them--always support them.
Hug, a lot. Lots of wet kisses, too.
Dad, your presence? It's one of the best gifts you can give your family. Showing your kids a model of what a good, hands-on, loving, silly and amazing Dad is something that will just continually benefit the future. It will show our little boys how to act when they're older. They'll know no other way. It will help our little girls learn to not settle for some jerk, but to search for a man that reminds her of her sweet and precious Daddy.
Being a Father is easy. But being a freaking awesome Daddy is to be commended. My girls are so blessed to have a daddy.
Happy Daddy's day to you. Keep on keepin' on.