Life’s Lessons from Dad

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Life’s Lessons from Dad

First of all, I want you to know that your Mom and I love you very much and are very proud of you. We are not perfect parents, but we are trying our best to guide you through your growing years and prepare you for the future.

Values

Your Mom and I have taught you the difference between right and wrong. Always remember, right is right even if no one does it and no one is seeing you do it. Never be tempted to sacrifice your values for little temporary comforts or pleasures.

Education

School isn’t always going to be fun. But it is very important to have quality education if you want to have a good career option. Never be satisfied that you know enough. Become lifelong learners. Let the child like curiosity within you never cease.

Responsibility

You have heard Mom and I say this a million times. “You need to be more responsible”. Well, you do. If someone has to be responsible, then why not you ? If you are involved in an activity or a project, act responsible and be a leader. If you make a mess, clean it up. If you say you will do something, do it.

Friendship

Be true to yourself and your friends. Hang out with kids who share your values. If your friends go down a path, you know is wrong, stand your ground, never abandon your faith and do not follow the crowd. You will hopefully have a few close friends who stay with you a lifetime and are to be treasured as gifts from God.

Be Real

Don’t pretend to be someone else. You are special and have been created for a purpose. You are the best.

Love and Gratitude

You and I have a world waiting outside the house. You have friends at school and I have at office. But we are the world for Mom. She toils hard to make us comfortable and happy through the day. She is the only one who loves us unconditionally. Love her back and be grateful to God for the greatest gift that you possess.– Your loving DAD.

Simple ways
to show you
care…
1. Finding his sunglasses and car keys when he is in a hurry to leave home.
2. Offer him a glass of water whenever he comes back home.
3. Put his soiled socks and handkerchiefs in the laundry bag.
4. Keep a writing pad and pen handy to meet his scribbling needs while on phone.
5. Help him with his car wash on Sundays.
Last but not the least, give him a smile and a tight hug when he is tensed.

Dads on Duty

Just in time for Father’s Day, lets meet some Dads who devote a lot of time to their little ones.

Winter in Antartica is bitterly cold. That’s when Mama emperor penguin lays her single egg and off she goes to the ocean to hunt for food. Papa penguin stays behind, balancing the egg on his feet and keeping it warm under the belly feathers. Papa barely moves and eats nothing but snow for four months. Finally when the egg hatches, he tucks the chick under his feathers and feeds it with milk like liquid from his throat.

A Papa emu builds a nest all by himself. Mama lays the eggs and then Papa sits down on the nest and hardly moves until the eggs hatch. He doesn’t eat for the whole two months and once the chicks are out, he stays with them until they attain full size (six months) teaching them to find food and protecting them from predators.

Most insects don’t stick around to raise their babies. But giant water bug Dad is a big exception. The Mom lays around 150 eggs on the Dad’s back and gets it glued with a sticky substance. Mom takes a break and Dad takes over. He strokes the eggs with his back legs to keep them clean and out of danger. He continues this way for three weeks until the babies hatch and swim off.

You might guess that a sea horse Dad was a Mom if you didn’t know this secret. Sea horse eggs stay with the Dads instead of Moms to develop. Mom places her eggs in a pouch on Dad’s belly. The eggs safely develop in Dad’s pouch until hatching. Then Dad squeezes the babies out once they hatch. His job is done and the tiny sea horses cling on to sea weeds and they grow.

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