As I am sure most individuals are aware, today is Fathers Day – a day to celebrate and acknowledge all of the wonderful efforts and love issued forward from men all over the world. I believe having designated days marked in a calendar year to commemorate men and women on Mothers and Father day is so essential. It allows us to stop and to take a moment in order to simply be thankful for everything they do for others in their own lives.
My own Dad certainly deserves more than one day to be recognized for being such a wonderful man, and I believe it is arguable that most children would say the same about their own Fathers. My Dad is a full time farmer, and he works endlessly to ensure that my family and I are taken care of and are secure. His work day begins early in the morning, and in the summer months, often concludes early in the morning as well. Despite the long and hard hours he works, he always has a smile on his face, and he never stops caring for myself, my sister and my mom.
I would argue that in most circumstances, women are credited more than men for parental duties as a result of their maternal instincts. I would also argue that in most circumstances, this tends to be true, because women typically spend more time raising children than men. However, it is crucial to acknowledge that this stereotype is not applicable to all men and women, and in a lot of situations, men are the main parental figures in their children’s lives. It is important to look past the traditional nuclear family stereotype and be conscious of the diversity that exists in familial structures in today’s society. Both men and women are equally important and influential in the act of raising their children.
So, try and take a moment today to thank all the men in your life who have been a positive influence in your own life. Fathers, grandfathers, uncles, step-fathers, and fathers who are unable to conceive children – they are all important, and they are all loved.