This is a re-post from 2015 with a few updates along the way.
Happy Father’s Day to all of you stay-at-home Dads who get grief every day about not having a “real job”. The people who say that, have never stayed at home with kids 24/7. I used to babysit two days a week with my sweet grandkids, but got to go home at 6 pm and collapse on the sofa with a day in between to re-charge. How about those fathers who spend 7 days a week, 24 hours a day with those happy, joyous, temper tantrum screaming, yelling, laughing delightful little kids? One that comes to mind, is my son Jason, who chose to put aside his dreams for a few years so he could raise my grandkids, Aden and Maggie. He will never regret his decision later in his life, and Maggie and Aden will be stronger more confident adults as a result of the constant love and guidance that he gives to them every moment of every day. He is a great Dad and Will and I are so proud of him. My Dad is really proud of him too, up in Heaven.
I also want to give thanks to the men who play the primary role in their children’s lives. These are men who work hard all day, then come home to play with their kids all evening and on the weekends. Their wives might have died or even left them to pursue a life without them. There is a video on TV with people thanking their Dads and for also being their Moms and it is really touching.
There are more and more fathers who are raising their children because the mothers have great job opportunities and the couple make a choice of who should stay home and who should work. I had to work full-time to help support our family and my boys were raised by strangers in a daycare, something I couldn’t avoid, but regret every day. My grandchildren are so lucky to have a stay at home dad.
Hat’s off to all the Dads out there! Even the ones that never truly were a “Dad” or “Granddad” like my stepdad, but sure try to be a great one every day. Share a story about your dad with me.