Saturday, June 14, 2008

Happy Father's . . . er "Male Role Model" Day!

In honor of Father's Day, I though I'd reprint this post from last year, on why a "male role model" is no substitute for a father:


I'm getting pretty tired of seeing things that treat being a father as just a "male role model."

A father is not a male role model. A father is an adult male that a child knows:
a) will take a bullet for them.
b) will work hard for many, many years, doing things he may or may not like, in order to provide a loving, secure home for his wife and children.
c) loves the child enough to consider the well-being of that child the foundation of his worth as a person.

You can be a male role model if you teach a kid how to ride a bike, throw a curve ball, learn a trade or act on a date - all good and wonderful things. Fatherhood is an irrevocable, lifetime commitment to sacrifice - with grace and pride - for the benefit of a child. A child derives great benefit knowing that someone made those sacrifices for them.


Tina R.F.H. said...

Happy Fathers Day to you. Excellent commentary.

Sweating Through fog said...

Thanks, Tina

DBB said...

Happy Father's Day - funnily enough, I was too busy being a father Sunday to even notice it was Father's day - my four month old son and nearly three-year old daughter kept me quite busy most of the day.

Sweating Through fog said...


A belated Happy father's Day to you too. While I miss those times when my children were small, I dont miss all the hard work!