Last Father's Day, the dog, the fetus and I gave you a fancy schmancy vacuum cleaner (clearly strategic on our part). As pumped as you were to spend some quality time with your Dyson, you were even more excited to think how you'd spend the next Father's Day as a real, live D-A-D but I bet you didn't realize all the other things you'd become.
My dad was always the "fun parent." He was unpredictable and playful, with a tattoo on his arm and crazy ideas up his sleeve. But he was also incredibly kind, and kind of a worrywart.
My son, Isaiah, lives in Washington, DC, and I live in Los Angeles. From the time Isaiah was 1 month old, he was bicoastal. During the early months and up until the time he started school, I would travel to and from Washington. It was the most incredible bonding time.
As I've fumbled, stumbled and made mistakes these last 11 years as a dad, I'm continually reminded to keep loving my children. Love protects. It provides. It gives hope. It encourages. It forgives. It keeps moving forward. It puts one foot in front of the next. In the end, it wins.
Today there are more than 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer's disease and approximately 1.8 million Latinos caring for loved ones with Alzheimer's, dementia, or a related mental condition.
Newspapers proclaiming new grills as the perfect gift. TV ads with plates of food and cheery smiles. Pictures of grey-haired men holding grandkids.
To all of you who have lost a father whom you have loved dearly and who showed you that love right back, I hope you can embrace Father's Day with a spirit of gratitude and courage. In my father, God gave me the greatest gift ever: an angel to watch over me. And, this Sunday, I will celebrate him.
In the nature vs. nurture debate, there's no denying the strong personalities our children are born with. But there are also plenty of opportunities for us to screw them up or inspire them along the way.
This year, there will be no necktie, no book, no gift card to Amazon. Instead, I'm giving a donation to an important charity in honor of my Dad.
Because of you, my kids will know that it's not a big deal when they are caught in a rainstorm in a Jeep with the top down. They will know that while they need to be protected from the sun, if they lose their hats, they will be okay with just sunscreen on their noses.
Seeing my dad give his life for our family, and work so hard without ever complaining, inspired me to go for my dreams and not be afraid of failure. His fearless spirit to just go for something new and try it, put that spirit in me as well.
Spoiler Alert: Dad really did know best. With Father's Day approaching, I have tried to pinpoint the most important things my father ever taught me.
You are not the unflappable, always composed man that I met, that I thought you were. You are not the father I thought you'd be. You are so much more.
I don't believe we can "have it all" in terms of work and family, certainly not all at once. We are adults, we have to set priorities and understand the trade-offs involved. However, I do believe that if we prioritize, develop strategies and put them into action, we can get what is most important for us and for our families.
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Most of us say we're grateful to our parents--but we don't spend much time expressing it. So the New York Film Academy, inspired by The Gratitude Diaries, invited young filmmakers to create gratitude videos for Father's Day.