George Washington A Father Of None
George Washington the “Father of the Nation,” had no biological children of his own although his better half Martha had four children prior to them hooking up. I didn’t even realize this until I did the research the other day.
So instead of honoring old George on Father’s Day this June 21st, let’s honor a bunch of not so famous guys but nevertheless great Fathers in their own right.
What does fatherhood mean to you?
“It means everything. I have never loved any role in my life more. The blessing to raise five children, give them a foundation in their lives, share special times with them…..it is heavenly.
I think the most precious gift anyone can have is a child. I am fortunate that I am close with each of my children AND they all like each other as well as love one another.”
“To me fatherhood is a precious humbling gift that transcends all other relationships and undertakings. I have learned over the years and life experiences that we are all imperfectly perfect beings and so I believe a father has to be real, truthful and consistent in his actions and to be present and create an environment where children and family can feel safe, supported, loved, educated and free to investigate and express their true selves.”
“One word comes to mind “Love” – how can you make sure your children know you love them. No matter how you have to be a role model, disciplinarian, comic relief, homework helper, etc.”
What is the biggest impact you have made as a father?
“Tough question. Instilling in them to be the best individuals they can be in society without measuring their success by someone else’s standards. My wife and I have also taught our youngest children the value of “no.” They have learned to both accept that answer without feeling rejected and to give that answer without feeling as though they were being offensive.”
“I just can not quantify my “biggest” impact as a father’s relationship is so integrated, complicated and diverse. I think showing my children, along with my wife, not so much what love is ( that is a feeling which vacillates) but what commitment looks like in everyday life is a huge impact.”
“The biggest impact I have made as a father is being there and being present for the important moments (like the first soccer practice) because I missed some of them along the way and I now know, nothing, not work or that potential business deal is worth it. I am not perfect at this but learning how to be more present every day.”
What would you have done differently if anything?
“To have taught them about finances at much earlier ages.”
“You know the expression – it is better to teach one how to fish as opposed to giving them the fish. In hindsight I must say that I would spend more time with the teaching as opposed to giving.”
“Remove the distractions of technology, the phone and tablets for both myself and my three kids. Go for more walks, play outdoors more, hug more, and talk more.”
What life lessons has your father taught you?
“My dad had an amazing work ethic. He worked 365 days a year. He taught me the value of education, owning your own home early in life, and how to put my children before me.”
“My father by his actions showed me unconditional love and support, that it was ok to hug and show love and that I can achieve and to go out and compete for whatever my goals were.”
“My father was not always there when I was young but as an adult we have built a stronger bond and relationship. Unbeknownst to him he has taught me to see the positive in things and see each day as it comes good or bad. Also, that simplicity can bring you peace.”
What is your #1 piece of fatherly advice?
“There is a solution to every problem. Never give up.”
“In these turbulent times, I believe it is critically important to have the best education possible, to determine one’s essential values and be able to explain them. This will show one’s character and integrity; which is our essential being. “Say what you mean and mean what you say.”
“They will grow up and they will grow up fast, when they ask you to play with them and to do things with them do it because one day they won’t ask you and you will regret it; regret not doing it. And now you will be the one asking to spend time with them but they may just be a little too busy for you with their own life and distractions.”
Good job Dads, you rock.
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