I was recently asked to guest blog for a local website. They wanted me to simply write why it is so important for kids and their dads be together. As I thought of the answer to the question the old parenting phrase of “because I said so” was, well not the correct or even an answer. I had to think back of my own relationship with my dad but also my friends as well. I remember my times hanging out with my friends or during the school year having assemblies. During that period of my childhood I can still remember seeing more moms then dads at school events. SO again to the question of why do kids need their dads?
I am a parent and for the first two years of my son’s life on this planet I was a stay at home dad. I LOVED every minute of knowing I got to be part of his life and help him learn early on. He and I would go to one of the local malls and just bond. We would go to the park or get brakes put on the car. I wanted to create the relationship that I felt growing up had been missing because of my parents divorce. Oh my gosh the mistakes I made trying to learn about how to be a dad and to take care of a baby were both scary and wonderful at the same time.
Tonight I was checking hockey scores and came across a story from one of my favorite writers who lives here in
and that is Rick Reilly. The story is on the front page of ESPN.com website. It is about a little boy who had a very bad seizure and ended up not able to walk. I am sitting here crying about this story because the story deals with the child’s family but also a football player who is also a dad (I can not do the story justice so please check it out). This story hit home to me because of having a son who is around this little boys age and the bond the little boy has with this football player. I kept thinking of how much I miss my son. Colorado
When I am at out and about I am one of those people watchers and I get a huge smile on my face seeing dads or grandfathers with the kid’s. I see the smiles on both the adults and kid’s faces of that special bond. I am fully aware that we have different bonds with our moms VS our dads. I have a awesome relationship with my mom and I do not give her enough credit of raising me. The main point is again why do kids need to have their dads?
I still have no clue and tossing out statistics bores me to death. I believe that kids do need both parents to be involved in their lives. I am so tired of hearing the phrase “deadbeat dads” well guess what there are moms out there as well. Yes I do have a point and that is kids do really need their dads oh and yes their moms too. Still our original question was specifically of why kids need their dads. I have pondered this question and may even moseyed while pondering this question. The best answer that I have come up with is really the one I should have stuck with in the first place. The final answer is?? Because I said so.
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