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Love Being a Father

Nothing I’ve ever done has given me more joys and rewards than being a father to my children.
Bill Cosby

I loved those years of being Mr. Mom. One of the saddest days in my life was when Jennifer said, “Dad, I can wash my own hair.”
Billy Crystal

It’s quite astonishing: I see most of these fathers all year. Depending on the week, a few might be happy, and some are never happy. At this father-and-son tournament, they are all happy, every round, every day.
Gary Player

When these parenting years have passed, something precious will have flickered and gone out of my life. Thus, I am resolved to enjoy every day that remains in this fathering era.
Dr. James Dobson

Becoming a father fulfilled my life because it added a sense of immortality, with my life and spirit being passed on to future generations through my children. It also enabled me to relive my childhood through the disguise of being a parent, as I play with my children and their toys. I think each one of us maintains our childhood memories and fantasies. Being a parent allows us to release them.
Dave Shewmon

Tribute to Fathers

I loved my father – always deep in my subconscious I have referred judgments back to him, what he would have thought or done.
Edward Fitzgerald

When someone who knew my father says I’m like him, I feel flattered. He was a shy, undemonstrative man, but good natured with a great, whimsical sense of humor.
Paul Newman

When I think about our relationship, I’m always reminded of a picture of me and my dad under his old car, Dad teaching me how to change the oil. If my dad had had his way, he would have taken me everywhere with him – including to work. I have so many great memories of time spent fishing, hunting, going to ball games together.
Leigh Ann Hester

The graduating class at Yale University voted on this question: “What man in the world do you most admire?” And a majority answered: “My father.”
William Phelps

Raising two daughters, Dad had to learn about dresses, ballet and even tea parties. To be candid, he wasn’t very good at any of those things. But he did give me something of himself that has sustained me through very difficult times: persistence, toughness and the unswerving belief that God is faithful and we can trust Him with our lives . . . and the lives of our children.
Gracie Rosenberger

The Importance of Fathers

Above all, I learned this from my father: Being a dad is the most important job I’ll ever have.
George W. Bush

Fathers have a special excitement about them that babies find intriguing. Fathers embody a delicious mixture of familiarity and novelty.
Louise Kaplan

There is no more important relationship for a girl than the one she has with her father. It is a girl’s father who helps shape her character, forms her trust and I believe entirely sets her expectations of the way men should treat her. He defended me. He enouraged me. And he challenged me.
Condolezza Rice

There’s no pillow quite so soft as a father’s strong shoulder.
Richard Evans

When you’re out on the course with your son, you’re each watching the other handle the success and disappointment and unfairness and good luck of the game. You’re letting your son find his way, and at the same time he sees that you’re vulnerable, that you aren’t perfect, that you have feelings and emotions that are human. He learns that even when a man does the best he can, he makes mistakes, and that it’s all right.
Earl Woods

Tribute to Fathers

These moments alone with my father were the most peaceful and contented moments of my childhood.
Natasha Burns

As I grow older, there is no greater pleasure than seeing some of my father’s finest traits vividly present in my own four children.
Howard Gardner

Growing up, I’d often accompany my father to Clyde’s Barber Shop for his twice monthly hair cut. While he was getting his trim, I’d get my little red cowgirl boots shined. On the way back home we would stop at Spud Nuts for a bag of just-from-the-oven doughnuts. Shiny boots, warm doughnuts, daddy-daughter talk – it was just perfect.
Anonymous, age 54

My father is the standard by which all subsequent men in my life have been judged.
Kathryn Graham

My father was not only my father, but also my best friend. I learned at his funeral from one of his secretaries (of many years earlier) that he considered no question that I asked him too big or too small to deserve an answer. When I had asked a zinger for which he did not know the answer, it was his custom to take his lunch hour the next day and spend it at the library finding the answer.
Dr. C. Everett Koop

The Importance of Fathers

A father’s lessons are gifts that last a lifetime.
John Ryan

Nothing could get me if I curled up on my father’s lap. All about him was safe.
Naomi Mitchison

With the father’s involvement the child is more likely to have a sense of humor, to develop a sort of inner excitement, to believe in himself or herself, to be more motivated to learn.
Dr. T. Berry Brazelton

For many little girls, life with Father is a dress rehearsal for love and marriage.
David Jeremiah

How fathers and sons relate to each other is really how many things are decided within the family – the respect that is given to women, the sense of responsibility that develops in the boys, the amount of love and caring and genuine sharing that can be expressed within the family structure. For their sons, fathers are often a blueprint for living.
Scharada Ball

Listening to Your Child

Listening from your heart is completely different from listening with your ears. It means being genuinely interested, open and caring. It means being eager to hear, to learn, to be astonished. When you listen from your heart, your child feels safe to tell all, for a child who is with a receptive adult opens up and shares freely.
Judy Ford

Sometimes the value in your child’s words is not so much in what is being said, but in the saying of it. Sometimes our patient listening shows that our children are worth hearing. They are special enough to deserve our attention when they are talking.
Ken Canfield

School-age kids have a lot they want to talk about – and they have a lot of interesting things to say too. So set aside some time every day or at least every few days to turn off the cell phone and the television and the computer and focus 100 percent on your child. Resist the urge to give advice – just listen.
Armin Brott

If you listen to your daughter attentively for ten minutes every day, by the end of the month you’ll have a completely new relationship with her. Do what you would do naturally, as a man: spend more time listening than talking. If you listen, she’ll feel loved.
Dr. Meg Meeker

Kids are good at recognizing lack of interest. They won’t tell you the big things until you’ve proven that you’re interested in even the most trivial stuff they can think of – which isn’t that trivial, once you realize that they are trying to connect with you any way they know how. You have two goals in listening: to understand and to show interest. If you don’t pay attention, you’ll fail at both.
Tom Hirschfeld

Tribute to Fathers

I loved my father – always deep in my subconscious I have referred judgments back to him, what he would have thought or done.
Edward Fitzgerald

When someone who knew my father says I’m like him, I feel flattered. He was a shy, undemonstrative man, but good natured with a great, whimsical sense of humor.
Paul Newman

When I think about our relationship, I’m always reminded of a picture of me and my dad under his old car, Dad teaching me how to change the oil. If my dad had had his way, he would have taken me everywhere with him – including to work. I have so many great memories of time spent fishing, hunting, going to ball games together.
Leigh Ann Hester

The graduating class at Yale University voted on this question: “What man in the world do you most admire?” And a majority answered: “My father.”
William Phelps

Raising two daughters, Dad had to learn about dresses, ballet and even tea parties. To be candid, he wasn’t very good at any of those things. But he did give me something of himself that has sustained me through very difficult times: persistence, toughness and the unswerving belief that God is faithful and we can trust Him with our lives . . . and the lives of our children.
Gracie Rosenberger