Cheers to the Modern Day Dad (Thank You!)

Let’s be honest, there is nothing sexier than a good dad! You know the kind I’m talking about.

One who is excited to leave work to come home and see you and the kids. Who eagerly took birthing classes with you.

One who has changed just as many diapers as you, and who proudly wears their baby through the grocery store.

The kind of dad who doesn’t think that it’s your job to do everything. One who sees marriage as a true partnership and approaches everything as team.

The dad who offers to take the kids on the weekend to give you some down time, and who folds laundry with you while you drink wine and watch TV after the kids are in bed. 

The same dad who doesn’t care if the house is a mess because he knows it’s just impossible to get things done on some days, and who always thinks of your needs and the kids’ needs before his own.

Some of you may be reading this and wondering to yourself, “Where can I find these magical unicorn dads?!”

But we live in a day and age where so many men are really embracing their roles as dads and what that can mean in families.

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Sadly, 25 years ago it was hard to find dads like I described, but today it’s becoming more and more common to see men step up in ways like never before.

For some, being an involved and hands-on dad may be super challenging, not because it doesn’t come naturally, but because that isn’t what they were modeled growing up.

All the responsibility fell on mom for everything else: the cooking, cleaning, driving the kids everywhere, laundry, packing lunches, etc.

Thankfully, this was not the case with my Dad. He worked just as hard as my mom and often made sacrifices in his career to be there for us kids, so my mom could accelerate her career.

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He didn’t miss a parent teacher conference, he came home early to watch almost every one of my sports games (which often meant staying up super late to finish the work he cut short during the day), he played basketball with me on countless nights after dinner, and loaded all four of us kids into the family minivan to take us grocery shopping on Saturday mornings so my mom could have a break.

He kissed my mom every night and loudly expressed to us how much he loved her. My parents always modeled for me a relationship built on teamwork, trust, and love. This is so important and shaped me into the person I am today!

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So this Father’s Day we salute all the Modern Day Dads out there!! Those dads who are hands-on, help with the chores, support their wives whether they are stay at home moms or working moms, find balance in their marriage, and strive to be just as involved as mom.

Thank you for working hard to provide for your family whether it be working a day job, a night job, two jobs, or staying home with the kids so mom can work.

Thank you for pouring the best of yourselves into loving your families well.

We love, honor, appreciate, and celebrate YOU!

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