Father’s Day

I’m so proud of my father and his volunteer work. Every weekend, Dad and my Stepmother are volunteer park rangers/wildlife educators at a State Park in Florida. I keep wishing he’d get a funky Smokey the Bear ranger hat, but it seems you have to be paid park staff or have a license for odd headgear or something. I just love the fact that he prioritizes that as a part of each weekend–not only prioritizes, but looks forward to it. You can hear it in his voice when he talks about it, especially when he talks about working with kids.

Today is Father’s Day, so today, think about volunteering WITH your dad, AS a dad, FOR a dad, to REMEMBER your dad, to show other dads HOW IT’S DONE, or because YOU CAN.

The National Center for Fathering is an interesting organization, with a  great program called WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) encouraging fathers and father figures to provide positive role models for students. When I lived in Los Angeles and was working as a substitute teacher for the public schools, it was always fascinating to me how I was told I was being sent to inner city “at risk” schools because I was male and there were not enough male role models for the elementary schools. I already considered my job in the classroom a huge honor and responsibility (and had a LOT of fun too), and this added an extra layer of commitment.

Think about ways in the next days that you can show up for kids. Male female young old experienced scared wise questioning, all of it describes GREAT influences for children. That’s you. Just be there for someone young.


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