The Power of Dad

The Power of Dad

The sounds of kids laughing echoes in my head.

The Power of Dad is such that I took one ordinary photo from Instagram and turned it into a museum quality photo. Magic.

Ok, that is stretching things a bit but there was a time when my children were very little that they still believed that dad was a magician who could perform magic.

Those days have passed and now I have to work a bit harder to convince these rug rats of mine that the magical powers they used to attribute to me haven’t completely faded away with time and age.

But that is ok with me, they don’t need to see me as a magician. All I really want them to see is that I care about them and that I am involved in their lives.

My own father gets credit for teaching me that.

Then and Now

When people talk about how the modern father is more involved I shake my head because I don’t see it as something that is new or unusual.

My father was always involved in our lives. He might not have been around as much as I wanted him to be but that was only because he had a 90 minute commute to work.

He played with us when he was home and helped with our homework. Most of what I know about doing work around the house and on cars comes from the things he taught me.

So much of who I am as a father is because of what I learned from him.

I have to give Oral-B credit for putting together a video that doesn’t use the stereotype of the bumbling father because what they did below is come up with something that really was touching.

But we’ll have to wait a moment before we get to that point.

What I Hope For

What I hope for is that when my children are grown they remember me the way I have described my father. I hope they look back and see a man who did his best to provide for them in all ways.

I hope they see that the magician/Jedi was human but that he never gave up pushing to reach a little bit farther. I hope they see a man who tried hard to live his dreams and not dream his life.

I hope they see that their father loved them fiercely and that they understand I pushed hard to try and share as many moments with them as I could.

That would make me very happy.

No Stereotypes

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Disclosure: I partnered with Oral-B and Life of Dad, LLC for the #PowerofDad Father’s Day promotion and was compensated for my involvement.

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  1. Nimesh June 8, 2014 at 8:09 pm

    Perfect article, and as you mentioned parents involvement in the lives of their children is very important, agree to that, kids will remember things they have seen and learnt from parents. thanks for sharing the article.

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