North Jefferson News, Gardendale, AL

Opinion

June 12, 2013

Danielle Cater: Dads have responsibility to sow into kids

COMMENTARY — Father’s Day is here, and many people seem to have mixed feelings about this day. To the people who were raised with abusive or absentee fathers, it seems to be a day of mourning over what they feel that they missed by not having a good father figure or role model in their lives.

For others, Father’s Day can be a joyous day of celebrating the man who invested time, care, finances and prayers into their lives.

Whether the day brings happiness or sadness, take the time this weekend to contact the man who held the positive father figure role in your life, even if it wasn’t your biological father.

Our society has redefined the roles of mothers and fathers and it’s hard to figure out who exactly fits these roles, but I’m sure that each person reading this column has been blessed with some form of a positive male role model they could appreciate on Father’s Day. It may be your actual father or your preacher or youth minister while growing up. It could be your coach, teacher, neighbor or step-dad. No matter who filled the father’s role in your life, this weekend is the time to give credit where credit is due.

Fathers play an extensive part in their children’s lives that doesn’t stop when their babies get out of diapers or school, or into their own houses. Fathers keep feeding into their children’s lives for their entire lifespans.

The investment you make into your child will carry on to their children’s and grandchildren’s lives. You don’t just touch the life of your son, you touch the lives of his children and every generation after you.

Sons learn how to be fathers by watching their daddies. And daughters often look for a husband who will treat them like their daddy treated their momma. So the role of the father is of the utmost importance in the home.

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