Posted by: Patricia Hysong | January 16, 2014

The Importance of Fathers

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One of the most important individuals in my life was my father. I called him Dad or Daddy Long Legs or Father Time depending on the time in our lives. They say any man can be a father but it takes a special man to be a daddy. I don’t know if that is completely accurate as the name chosen to refer to your father isn’t as important as the relationship that is shared.

That being said, there definitely are different types of dads. Sometimes the person that plays the role of “father” or “dad” isn’t blood related but has been there to provide needed guidance, inspiration and support. Fathers and those that take on that responsibilty even though there may not a biological connection, can shape the lives of their children and play such an important role just by being there and setting good examples. That’s not to say that they won’t make mistakes. They will. The important thing is to take responsibility for those mistakes, learn from them and use them as teaching tools whenever the opportunity arises.

While writing this piece, I decided to do an unofficial, very non-research related poll of coworkers, friends and family. I did not know the relationship each individual had with their father or the amount of influence, good or bad, that was shared but I wanted to ask this question and just see what heartfelt answers I received. The questions asked were:

  1. What was the most important thing you learned from your father?
  2. As an adult, do you feel your father had\continues to have a big influence on your life and how or why?

Some of those responses were surprising, some were enlightening, and some were expected. The plan was to include responses in this post but they will be posted in a later post because replies are still coming in. Please feel free to post your answers if you would like to share!

Dad passed away 2 years ago the end of this month, but I think of him every day. Today would have been his 83rd birthday and it makes me remember how blessed I was to have such a great role model and friend in my life.

A BIG thanks to those who responded to the informal survey. Your input is priceless!

This information is provided courtesy of the Wyoming AgrAbility Project. For more information, visit our website or call toll-free at 866-395-4986.



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