Nick Cerda

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Happy Father’s Day, Fellas!

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I heard a story a long time ago about this prison program that gave out mother’s day cards to inmates a week or so ahead of mother’s day. Inmate lined up to take the chance write their mother a nice card and tell her how much she meant to him. The program was so successful that they ran out of cards and since it was so successful they decided to do it again for Father’s day.

A month after the program ran out of cards on mother’s day not a single inmate showed up to send his father a father’s day card. I don’t know if that story is true. I’m sure the intent of the story is to demonstrate the power of a good father in a child’s life and the power of an absent father.

Today’s post is for my friends, who like me are husbands, fathers, friends and diligent workers to whatever craft(s) they have chosen to invest their life.

3 thoughts on fathers and Father’s Day

  1. For as long as I could remember I wanted to be a father. I can’t explain why but I think part of it is because I have a good dad. I never have had a single doubt that my father loved me. And I never had a doubt because my father told me and tells me he loves me. “I love you son, I’m proud of you” is the phrase my dad says most to me. And don’t get me wrong. Neither my dad nor I are what I consider “phone people” so we don’t talk much but every time we do I hear that phrase and it’s shaped who I am as a person and what kind of father I am.

The other phrase I remember feeling if not hearing is “don’t worry we can figure it out together”. And I knew he meant it. This mentality built in me a resilience and confidence that no matter the problem with time, teamwork and persistence 99% of challenges can be overcome. I remember feeling like I was never alone and that’s been so important to me in my life as I faced challenged both those I sought out and those that snuck up on me through life’s circumstances.

Make sure your kids know you love them. The easiest way to do this is to tell them.

2. I’m really proud to be a part of a community of men that prides itself in raising kids and being an integral part of their family. Dads today have it different than dads in the past and because we’re learning and leaning on each other I think we’re doing a pretty good job. It wasn’t long ago that dads were the ones who went to work in the morning and the moms were the ones to raise the kids and take care of the house.

That’s not how life works anymore. Today dads are taking their daughters to dance classes and their sons to football, getting dinner on the table so the family can eat together and attending parent teacher/conferences because his schedule fits better than his wifes. This is all new and because it’s never been done this way in our society there isn’t anyone around to teach us how to do this. But, for the most part, we’re figuring it out.

3. Men, let me tell you. We’re doing a good job. I see father’s teaching their kids new things. I see dads working hand in hand with moms to show their sons and daughters it’s ok to take risks, try new things and maybe even fail from time to time. I see kids that are funny, happy, daring, unselfish, hard working, loving, and are good friends to one another.

Good job men. Let’s keep it rolling!

About Nick Cerda

I'm Nick Cerda; I help people take the next step to fulfill dreams and live better lives. My wife and I live in Asheville, North Carolina with our 3 children. Follow me on twitter, friend me on facebook, or email me.

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