Fatherhood is a unique, important job

Published 12:04 am Sunday, June 20, 2010

Everybody loves Mom, but Dads are often taken for granted.

Even in the old phrase reportedly used by American GIs to explain why they were headed to World War II — “baseball, Mom and apple pie” — neglects the male half of the family.

But today, Americans pause to “right” those wrongs.

Today is Father’s Day, the day when we all focus on the Dads of the world.

Fathers have an extremely important role in the American family — and we’re not just talking about helping with the household chores.

American fathers hold many diverse roles in the family. Some are the primary breadwinners, while others are stay-at-home Dads.

Regardless of the role the male in the household fills, his leadership and maturity is key to providing a great upbringing for his children.

The role is often overlooked by some, but how many of us can remember the precious time we’ve spent with our fathers during our formative years? That time is probably among the most important things a father can do for his children — spending time with them, time in which activities together is really the only goal.

Fathers are unique.

Fathers are important.

And fathers are irreplaceable. So if you’re lucky enough to have a father still living, say “thanks” to him today.

And if you are a father, enjoy some time today with the ones you love.

Happy Father’s Day.