In my world, June’s all about the Dads. Unlike Canadian Moms, unfortunate enough to celebrate Mother’s Day under the shadow of May 24’s looming promise (aka the first Canadian long weekend that isn’t cold, wet, or having anything else fall from the sky), June’s sorely lacking in anything distracting us from celebrating our fathers. And that’s a good thing too, because the very notion of fatherhood is changing — or should I say evolving — as we continue our way through the 21st century.
And it’s high time we recognize that!
I hope all my fellow Dads, father figures and other Y chromosome bearers positively influencing the children of this world had an amazing Father’s Day! Here in Casa de Palmer, the day was fairly low-key with the household patriarch pretty exhausted from the week preceding, and his son far too young to really understand what the day’s all about. I spent the day sharing various aspects of fatherhood across a number of sites — over at The Huffington Post Canada, I wrote a letter to my 19-month old son, telling of everything I wish, hope and dream for his future. I wrote a couple of pieces for Ashton Kutcher’s A+, on some of the things I better understand about my Dad now that I wear similar shoes, and another on my fatherhood journey thus far and the things I’ve learned from it. It was a day of reflection and celebration, a day fitting of observing the complex role that Dads take in a world still trying to define their worth.
But you don’t earn the right to be called “Daddy” through a single day’s work — this job will keep you grinding every day you draw breath, requiring plenty of determination, growth and self-sacrifice to make it all work.
That in mind, Pampers dropped a video this past Father’s Day to champion Dads and all they do to raise amazing children. Though it’s already moistened its fair share of eyes, I’m including it below as a reminder of some of those tender moments between father and child all too rarely caught on video:
But that’s not all — fatherhood’s not the easiest undertaking: children are expensive little things making what were previously the simplest of tasks extremely complicated. (Travel comes to mind as a half-pack of diapers takes up the better part of a suitcase!) That in mind, Pampers wants to hook up a lucky winner with some baby-raising essentials — some dipes, some wipes, and a bottle of Ivory Snow to keep other things clean! A valid email address and a mouse click are all you need to enter, but there’re plenty of optional tasks you can do if you want to improve your odds!
So to the Dads out there doing it right, never stop making a difference — while society expects little from us, our children expect a ton… and who are we to let them down?
I, for one, take messages like this to heart, knowing that the road ahead will be a long one, but I’m invested in creating the family for my son that my parents couldn’t for me, having to sacrifice that family time to keep food on the table.
Though Father’s Day is behind us for another year, remember this — there’s someone out there who appreciates you every day and is heavily influenced by the choices you make as a Dad. It’s up to us to ensure we make the relationships with our children ones of love so they can extend the same to others down the road.
Good luck to you all — let’s be the best Dads we can be!
Until the next,
Disclaimer: Though compensated for this post, I took the gig because I believed in Pampers’ message — that fatherhood’s a magical and wonderful thing, and we’d be foolish to call it anything less. If you’re looking for more of what Pampers offers to make your parenting journey a little easier, make sure to check them out on Facebook, Twitter or their site!