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When I was little, my hero was my daddy. Back in the 80’s men worked hard for their families, and my daddy was no exception. However, even after working hard, he would come home, scoop me up in his arms and tell me how much he loved me. In fact, every single day, he would stop at the convenience store right down the road from where we lived and would bring me home some kind of chocolate candy bar. He was and will always be the first person whom taught me some important life lessons.
One thing I can always say about my daddy is that he was an honest man — a man with integrity. He taught me about life, about love, and what it means to be a good and honest person.
Some of his life lessons to me included things like
- Where ever you are going, always arrive 15 minutes early (one of the best pieces of advice I ever received)
- Love with your whole heart
- When it gets hard, dig your heels in and stick it out instead of running
- Save money for rainy days
- Don’t be afraid to have fun
To this day, my daddy still lives by those words.He taught me about money more than I can count one two hands and he always said it was important to be financially capable of caring for yourself and to prepare for your future.
I love going to visit him and spending time with him. He is 83 years old now and loves his family more than anything.
Daddy with one of his granddaughters
Because of how much my dad loved his family, I made sure that when I married a man, he carried those same traits. My husband is one of the best husbands and fathers ever made.
He loves his family more than he loves anything else on this planet (except God) and he shows it every single day.
Kids in families NEED their father — especially daughters. For me, I am who I am today because my daddy took the time to love me and protect me from harm. He was always present in my life growing up and it is because of his presence that I grew up confident and knew what I wanted in a husband.
My daughter has grown up in much the same way — except for about 6-8 months of her life when we lost sight of what family meant.
There was a time in her life when we were both too busy and God showed us how messed up kids can get when that father figure is not present. She was young when she discovered cutting and it lasted about 6 months and then we got that huge wake up call — especially my husband.
From that moment, he stopped checking out and started being there for his family like never before. We became the kind of priority we should have been and then our family was strengthened.
It took the love and attention of a father to turn this family around.
My children are grown for the most part — ages 17 and 20 — and they will be the first to tell you that having a PRESENT and LOVING father in their life is what shaped them to be the kinds of people they are today.
My son is 20 and he is one of the most loving, most patient young men I have ever met. He knows what he wants out of life in the way of a relationship and he is waiting for her. I am so proud of that.
My daughter is 17 and because of the love that her daddy has shown her, she talks to him about life and love frequently. She values his opinions on relationships, common issues that arise in life, and more.
Daddy — be all in when it comes to your children. You just have NO clue how important those relationships are.
To learn more life lessons and about teaching kids about finances you can find some great tips on on this article from Protective Life.
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