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Rising Father

5 Reasons Being A Father Is More Than Just A Babysitting Gig

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Great memories…

This is me and my daughter, Lauren, early in the morning at a summer vacation home.

I woke up early to go down to the lake, and she was laying in bed with her eyes open staring at me.

I scooped her up and gave her my hoodie.

Some of my most vivid memories as a child were when a parent took me off to have a special moment.

I pulled her with me for this specific purpose.

1) There are many rewards of being a father, but watching my children grow up is the most rewarding part

They go from a helpless baby to a toddler to a child and finally an adult. It’s incredible how much they change!

This is the most rewarding experience I’ve ever gone through in my life. Even though my oldest is only 7, he’s already grown up so much. Watching and guiding his growth is one of my life’s greatest joys. 

2) I love watching them learn new things and grow in their independence

I remember taking my kids out into the grass only weeks old and watching their faces light up at every ordinary part of life.

My daughter would point at a cloud or be amazed by a flower. The feeling of the grass between her toes, the sun on her skin. It was a reminder of how much we take for granted every day when seeing things through adult eyes.

Every milestone felt like a triumph when I was their age, and now to see the same amazement on my kids’ faces fills me with pride.

It’s tough for any parent out there that has seen how much they’ve grown just this year, but it’s worth all the hard work when you can look back at what your child has accomplished so far.

3)Teaching them the values that will help them succeed in life

You are more than just a father. You are your child’s first and most influential teacher, their hero. Fathers teach their kids the values that will help them succeed in life–values like hard work, persistence, courage, self-reliance, and independence. Fathers show their children how to be resilient in the face of adversity. It is up to you as a dad to lead by example, so you can give your son or daughter all they need for success.

4) Seeing how excited they get when they accomplish something on their own for the first time

You can see it on their face, the joy. You can see it in their eyes, the hope.

You are witnessing your son or daughter’s first steps toward greatness–and you’re there for every step of the way to cheer them on and help provide balance as they take these journeys.

I’ll never forget his face when my son landed his first cartwheel. He practiced for months and fell down A LOT. 

It was such a great feeling, knowing how much hard work went into completing that cartwheel for the first time.

5) Being there to comfort them after a failed attempt or bad day at school

There is no greater teacher than failure. It is difficult and uncomfortable, but it teaches us important life lessons.

One of the best parts about being a father is being able to pick your child up after a failure or bad day at school and teach them that they are capable of anything. They just need to try hard enough, believe in themselves enough – not give up when times get tough.

Use these moments to teach your child valuable life lessons, and they will grow up to be a successful adult.

The most important role you will ever have in life is being a father. It’s the most rewarding and challenging job there is, but it comes with great rewards when you are able to be present as your child grows up. Spend some one-on-one time with them tonight or tomorrow morning before they head off to school or work and make an impact. Show them that their dad cares about what they do, who they become, how well they play sports, or any other activity they enjoy doing (or don’t). You may not get another chance for a while, so take advantage of this opportunity now!

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