t can be comforting to write out a card or poem expressing your sentiments and then decide what you will do with it. Do something traditional, or create new traditions. I'd love to hear your thoughts and ideas.
I remember when I first became a father, it was December 9, 2008. I was all kinds of emotional mess -- happy, sad, depressed, excited, horrified and g...
With practice, we can honor the role of tough times in our lives and let the negative emotions go. Each stepping stone along the way, including the sharpest, most painful ones, shape us in positive ways if we stay open to learning the lessons.
How will I navigate Father's Day without him? I need a plan, a ritual, something that will not allow the day to pass like any other day.
It's another Father's Day. My Dad was a family man. I could also say that he was a war hero, a self-taught engineer, and a handsome, intelligent, and athletic man. He could swing a golf club and he could swing my mother around the dance floor. But mostly he was a family man.
I will admit that I lived a fairly sheltered life. Growing up in my world there was no such thing as an absent father. I was fairly old before I realized that not all families had a Dad. I was even older before I realized that sometimes even a Dad who hasn't left a family is an absent father.
Where once, we as dad's were idolized and could do no wrong, we inherently become pond scum when our children realize we are profoundly human and subject on occasion to fail without notice. The aha moment when Superman is not so super after all.
With Father's Day approaching, I'm thinking about the world that my kids, and their kids, will inherit -- and I can't help but worry about the dramatic changes in the climate they will experience.
FLINT There's an experience from my childhood that crosses my mind every year on Father's Day. When I was a kid, my dad pastored in a low income n...
It's essential to recognize that a sanctuary doesn't even have to exist outdoors -- you can assign refuge status to any spot you dedicate for reflection, even your sofa -- as long as it offers you a quiet place to remember.
My daughters have given me more Father's Days than any given Sunday. There are lots of moments throughout the year they make me feel like a good dad without even trying. If you're a dad like me, all you really want is your children to be happy, joyous and free.
A friendly woman passing by in the town square smiled at me and my two daughters as we enjoyed the crisp morning. She clicked her tongue in a way that suggested she thought our tableau was cute. But then she followed up with: "Daddy daycare today, eh? Bet Mom appreciates the time off."
Flaws and all, my dad taught me some very valuable lessons. Those lessons made me who I am today, and I'd like to share them with you.
It was an innocent question from a nondescript hospital gift shop employee, but it hit me like a punch to the gut. I shook my head and turned away, busying myself with a rack of tiny stuffed animals with huge glassy eyes.
As I look forward to this upcoming Father's Day, my admiration for military dads is so much stronger. I realize that the military father's duties often overshadow his involvement with his own family. He misses birthdays and other important family events while keeping us protected. His sacrifices are not in vain.
Image Licensed From Shutterstock What does it take to be the kind of father you wish you had in childhood? I grew up wondering about this question...