All The Things Dads Do (+ Giveaway!)

(Derek playing with Wyatt on one of our snow days.)

As I am sitting down to write this post, two things keep coming to mind.

I am so thankful for my dad.

I am so thankful for my husband.

I think as a culture we tend to elevate the roles moms play in their kids lives and dismiss dads.  All you have to do is sit down and watch a few commercials and you’ll quickly see how little value is placed on fatherhood - moms are portrayed as super-woman, and dads are portrayed as clueless at best and stupid at worst.  There are some exceptions, and I love the commercials I find that honor dads.  But it is disturbing to me that honoring dads on television is the exception rather than the rule.
Research shows again and again that children thrive best in a situation where there is a mom and dad present in the home.  Kids need their fathers, and I think we undervalue their role.

When I think of my childhood with my dad, I think of a man who took us out shopping for my mom, talked to us about the outdoors, and hunting, taught us to appreciate God’s creation.  I think about a man who played games with us, and explained history to me in a way that made me love it, and picked flowers for my mom, sister, and me when we went on horseback rides.  I am so blessed to have a dad like him.

When I think of my husband, I think of a man who takes time to tuck the kids in at night, and reads them a Bible story and prays with them even though sometimes he might be tired, because he wants them to know that a relationship with Jesus is important.  I think of a man who records Nascar races just so he can watch them with Wyatt, who tells Gwen she’s beautiful, laughs every time Clyde says “Hi Dah-DEE!”, and takes time off from work to come to every ultrasound with me so he can see our newest little one.  I am so blessed that my kids have a dad like him.

And this might sound like a Father’s Day post, and I guess in a way it is an early one, but does it really need to be Father’s Day for us to honor the dads in our lives?  I think not.

What brought all this on?  I got this sweet book in the mail, and as I read it I remembered all the things that I love about my dad, and all the things that I love about Derek.  “Daddy Loves You So Much” is the companion to “Mommy Loves You So Much”, and I was so happy when I saw that Tommy Nelson came out with a version for dads as well!

This book have sweet animal illustrations of all the things dads do for their kids, including teaching them, making them laugh, and reading God’s word to them.  I think this book is such a sweet one to read with our little ones, to remind them about all the things their dads do for them - and it’s a great reminder for them to say thank you to their dads!  So many people don’t have fathers or even father-figures in their lives, and I want my kids to realize how blessed they are that they do - this book is a tool for doing that.

Inspired by the book, I had my kids sit down one afternoon, and we filled up some cards (hand-painted by the kids) with all the things their dad does for them - then we gave it to their dad, as a “just because we love you” card.  Because I think great dads deserve to be appreciated even when it’s not Father’s Day.

Tommy Nelson is giving one of my readers a copy of this book - and I’m going to make this the easiest giveaway ever - just click the entry on the Rafflecopter form to enter (and you can do the extra entries for more chances).  This is a great book to read to your kids with Father’s Day coming up!

Note: I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for a review - this is my honest opinion.

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Cheryl Smith said...

What a beautiful post! I agree that the fathers in our lives do not get near the recognition and praise they deserve. I, too, am so very blessed to have the sweetest, most hard-working, kind-hearted husband, and I thank the dear Lord for him SO much. My daddy was such a dear man, too. I miss him so much! Jesus called him home to live with Him almost 15 years ago. Losing him left a huge void in all of our lives! Enjoy your sweet Dad and cherish every is so hard when they are gone. Thank you for sharing your heart here. :)

Natalie @ She Builds Her Home said...

I love that Wyatt said he's strong and mighty--so cute!!

Callie Nicole said...

Isn't that cute? I was surprised and happy when he said that! Couldn't help but chuckle. :-)

Callie Nicole said...

Thank you for the reminder, Cheryl, that it's important to treasure every moment! It is special to have a strong father/daughter relationship. :-)

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