An Ode to the Great Dads

Sometimes I feel like Father’s Day gets shuffled into being another gift-giving holiday rather than focusing on how stellar + great dads are. Whereas on Mother’s Day it feels like the focus is always on how wonderful we are.
[well, because- we are.]

I just don’t feel like we give the great dads out there the same appreciation as the mothers.
Trust me, I know “they” as the collective man, already get all the other kudos on almost everything, but I do feel that the great dads out there sometimes get the short stick.

So with Father’s Day coming up this weekend, I figured I would make an ode to the ALL the great dads out there, the ones who truly step up to the parenting game.

To the great dads…

To the great dads who aren’t afraid to wipe those booties, get those boogies and be the recipient of unending spit-up attacks.

To the ones that not only learn how to put up a pony tail, but also make it look amazing.

To the dads who wake up day after day and go to work to provide for their families. AND do so without ever complaining. Even if that means working on Father’s Day.

The ones who wake up early on their only day off so they can spend a little more time with their kiddos [with the added perk of letting mama sleep in.]

The dads who take out the trash, load the dish washer, and fold the clothes- without asking, because they know it helps the family unit run more smoothly.

Those who know exactly when mama needs a break and will tag team right in to play zone defense all by himself.

To the great dads who let their boys be “girlie” and their daughters be “boy-ie” that kind of nurturing builds their spirit and doesn’t go unnoticed.

The fathers who actually play with their kids. I know it can be exhausting to always be the “fun one” but you do it every time with zero apprehension. Whenever there is a need for a creative mind or a tickle monster you show up. No “maybe later’s” or “in a minute”. You, just do it, right then and there. There is a reason they are so excited to see you when you come home.

To the ones that will let the tears roll down their faces. That kind of vulnerability is an amazing strength and gives our kids, especially the boys, the space to do that same.

To the great dads who step up and play both mom and dad roles. YOU are truly amazing and the world would be lost without you.

The dads that didn’t have a great dad but chose to be a great dad.

The dads that teach all the life lessons. You are preparing our little people for greatness and that is priceless.

To all the great dads everywhere, THANK YOU.

Thank you for being the kind of dad that we all needed.
Thank for always being a safe place to run and get a hug, no matter what.
Thank you for always being the best version of you for someone else.

Thank you.

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