We hosted a Hop-a-thon for our preschoolers and their dads, and I asked them, “Can your Daddy hop?” One girl quickly shouted out, “My dad might have trouble with this! My mom tells him to “Hop to it” all the time, and he just is not getting it.”
Dad’s can get a wrong reputation. They truly are more capable than they get credit for. We see sitcoms where dads fumble in the kitchen. They struggle changing diapers, and they sit in front of the TV and drink beer all night long. This may be fodder for a TV series, but it is not the real life of the millions of good fathers in the world. Good fathers need to be honored. It is said that respect needs to be earned but honor is something you give.
For those who believe the Ten Commandments is a good list to follow, number four says we need to honor fathers and mothers. Honoring does not involve making crude jokes at a father’s expense. It does not mean we assume dads are only meant to bring home a paycheck for the family.
It took 58 years after Mother’s Day became a national holiday for Father’s Day to finally be accepted. The members of congress were not eager to “hop to it” to get the holiday official for the United States. A quote from florists has been used that says, “fathers don’t have the same sentimental appeal that mothers have.” It is up to us to change the reputations of dads. For those wanting to see current research on fathers and the ability to download a free book about forming a lifelong bond or 5 things every kid must get from their dad, you can Click here. It is about time dad’s get some respect.
- Why does society seem to enjoy making fun of fathers?
- What can you do to show respect to fathers you know?
- Will you help honor father’s this week?
- Will you consider helping a father hop to his responsibilities this week?
“We like to hop. We like to hop on top of Pop. STOP You must not hop on Pop.” Dr. Seuss.
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