Yes, another Father's Day has arrived, or nearly arrived for that matter! As a young daddy, I often wondered like man fathers do, if I was doing an okay job with my children and then my oldest hits me with a heart loving compliment a few day ago that melts all of my doubt away!
I am so proud to share my daughter's comments with you not to impress you, but to impress upon you that anyone can attain the level of Love and communication with their children if you're willing to put in the necessary time and effort! It's all very worth it!
From Jasmine Mendoza Sweeney- and yes, she is talking about Me:
"Award to father of the year (for the 21st year in a row) goes to..!!
I can't illustrate how perfectly you raised the three of us. Always giving us room for growth, self reflection and self expression helped the 3-J's blossom into who we were genuinely supposed to become. I'd be far, far away from the path I'm on now if it weren't for our hour long debates.
Most kids resent their parents for molding them the way that they did, but I am the person I want to be because of the freedom, trust and love you put into us (but especially me- I know I was a special case ;) ).
But that isn't well enough of a compliment- I admire you beyond that. You have proven to me over and over that anyone can change the path that they brought themselves to- that man holds all power within himself. That if you believed in something, even materialistic, you could receive it, if you were willing to genuinely ask.
You taught me that the universe is mine, and for that I can't express how beautiful my life is going to be. I already have everything I want and more."
Of course, Daddy duties aren't ever over! Like a beautiful garden, we must always tend to all the necessary details in order to have our garden bloom accordingly. Children are from your seed, and no one else in the whole wide world can love them how you have the potential too. No one else can raise them like you have the potential too. If true Love emanates from us and we are blessed to give life to a child, a mirror of our selves, then we must ensure that the child understands and Loves because you Loved him or her.
If you have any questions or would like any parenting tips, I am always available for consultation at firstname.lastname@example.org.
With Love and Happy Father's Day - even to the single moms/or care givers that share that responsibility,