Fatherhood means more than the third Sunday of June; more than warm breakfast in bed (even if that breakfast includes fluffy pancakes), a charming card filled with scribbled signatures, or a summer blockbuster movie with the family. Jeff, one of Chungaboo’s co-founders and board members, describes fatherhood as a life lesson in what is most important: “Being a dad is always a new challenge, but at the same time it’s extremely rewarding. There’s nothing more enjoyable than being a teacher watching your kid grow. Not to mention my daughter is teachings me new things constantly!” Jeff also believes fatherhood is recognizing the lessons dad’s have inherited from previous generations: “Father’s Day reminds me of the special bond with my own dad, and how much I learned from him (and continue to learn)…He’s my biggest influence”. A dad is the combination of teaching and learning, a lifelong give-and-take of knowledge and wisdom that culminates in a loving relationship benefiting the whole family through generations.
Fatherhood is a selfless prioritization of the people that dads cherish the most in their lives; their kids. Nick, another co-founder of Chungaboo and board member, holds fatherhood as a commitment to caring: “I just want to spend as much time as possible with my kids, enjoying memorable experiences and creating new traditions that they can pass down to their children one day. I find myself literally obsessed with my kids and could listen to them talk about anything, and I find myself hanging on their every word.” Being a dad is about putting your best foot forward: “They make me want to be the best possible version of myself. They inspire me to be positive, supportive, selfless, and generous in ways that I couldn’t have imagined before having kids.” Dads are the ones who enjoy more than anything, being a father. It’s never easy, but is always rewarding.
Dads don’t ask for much: a kiss on the cheek, a favorable report card, a beautiful smile. Above all, the greatest gift is the recognition that whatever he is doing works. Passing on values and morals on all of life’s difficult dilemmas is an essential part of the job description. A dad provides power, purpose, and self-confidence to his children. A dad supplies the emotional infrastructure from which his children can construct their personality, their dreams, and their futures. A dad is always there, even when he isn’t needed. A dad always knows what to say, even when the truth is difficult to admit. A dad will always save the day, even if no one ever knows he did. That sounds pretty heroic to me.