Happy Father’s Day!! Dads are the unsung heroes of the family. In my opinion, dads do not get the recognition that they deserve. For example, according to the National Retail Federation, the average amount spent on Father’s Day gifts are expected to reach $15.5 billion this weekend, meanwhile a total of $26.6 billion is spent on Mother’s Day weekend. As you can see there’s a big contrast in what we spend on dad versus what we spend on mom. Does that mean we value or love our moms more than our dads? I don’t think so. But there is definitely a difference and a contrast in how we spend our coins on our dads on Father’s Day.
Tonight during our Sundae Sunday, Khristian and I indulged in Lucky Charms ice cream. It wasn’t one that I care to brag about but she ate it like it was the best thing ever…HA!! Tonight, we discussed Father’s Day. I shared with Khristian how blessed she is to have a dad who loves her and is active in her life. My goal tonight was to show her that although our mother-daughter bond is unique, daddy is the backbone of our family. I needed her to understand (which she does, but in case she forgot) that daddy is the leader and the head of our home. He is also the protector of our family. Khristian often tells me that her daddy is the “fun parent” and I am the “hard parent”…I kindly and respectfully disagree, but whatever.
I think sometimes as mothers we can get so wrapped up in caring for the children and taking care of the home that it may appear to our children that we are the “leader” or the “boss” of the home. Yet daddy is working behind the scenes making sure that there is food on the table, gas in the car and that the house is running on all cylinders. Our children sometimes don’t see the sacrifices and hard work that both parents put in to keep them fed, healthy and alive…LOL. Often times our children see their mother running the show at home and their dad working and handling business outside of the home. For some that may be true, but for many the father is the one picking up the slack when the mother is worn slam out at the end of the day. I will go ahead and raise my hand and say I am the mother that is worn slam out at the end of the day.
Talking to Khristian tonight helped me to realize how much she loves and admire her daddy. I am very thankful that she understands the importance of her dad and the active role that he plays in our home. I have come to realize that I must speak highly of her father often in her presence so that she can value the epitome of a good man.
So again, I say dads are the unsung heroes of the family. They deserve to be recognized just as much as we as mothers do. Many of us couldn’t do what we do without them being by our side helping to raise these babies. We must share with our children and especially our daughters the blessing it is to have a father that leads by example by protecting and providing for his family.
How did you celebrate Father’s Day?