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editorial: 'D' in Dad same as 'D' in Do

| June 19, 2022 1:00 AM

Being a dad is easy.

Being Dad is something you’ve got to earn.

You Dads who own that capital D and those who aim to, you’ve got a spectacular opportunity today. It’s Father’s Day, which allegedly is all about you.

Make it about them.

Yes, we’re serious. Bask in the glory of dadness, of course, and reap your rewards. Having the kids make your breakfast or Mom bake your favorite pie is terrific. You’ve earned that and probably far more.

But today, turn the tables just a tad. Go out of your way to let them know how important they are in having constructed this temple to fatherhood.

There are too many dads — lower case d — who simply don’t prioritize their children. Oh, not necessarily by neglecting financial responsibilities, but by being absent when it’s possible to be a powerful, positive presence instead.

What do they actually do with their kids? Spending non-work hours under the same roof alone is not nearly enough to go from d to D. Being stuck to your phone, computer or TV screen puts you a universe away from them.

You’ve got to read to your young children, play with the kids, maintain active communication lines with them beyond “It’s time to do your chores and don’t argue.” Help them discover beauty in the world by getting out in it. The strongest, happiest families own a treasure trove of engaging, enlightening and yes, sometimes entertaining experiences together.

Count your blessings and graduate from dad to Dad.

Show them how much that big D means to you. Today's as good a day as any.

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