When it comes to raising children, it has been said, that it takes a village to raise a child. But that village must first begin with the support and involvement of “both” parents.
Children need to see each parent model behaviors as well as participate in the parenting process. This is critical to building a firm foundation for the child, by producing a mental picture of how a family should function together.
Teamwork is the only way to achieve a healthy and productive household. Each parent must pitch in regardless of any pre-established roles and support each other making sure all efforts produce success results. And that is, to raise children who are well-adjusted, mentally, socially, emotionally, intellectually, and physically.
Looking back over our own parenting, we made it a priority to work as a team sharing responsibilities, staying actively involved, and meeting all of our challenges together. It made a huge difference in our life, and for our child. As a result, neither one of us felt over burdened for we understood and practiced this teamwork philosophy.
So to all Dads’ out there, Happy Father’s Day! And thank you for all of your love, encouragement, leadership, and support. You are vital to our families. Helen Steiner Rice states it perfectly.
Fathers are Wonderful People
Fathers are wonderful people too little understood,
And we do not sing their praises as often as we should…
For, somehow, Father seems to be the man who pays the bills,
While Mother binds up little hurts and nurses all our ills…
And Father struggles daily to live up to “HIS IMAGE”
As protector and provider and “hero or the scrimmage”…
And perhaps that is the reason we sometimes get the notion,
That Fathers are not subject to the thing we call emotion,
But if you look inside Dad’s heart, where no one else can see
You’ll find he’s sentimental and as “soft” as he can be…
But he’s so busy every day in the grueling race of life,
He leaves the sentimental stuff to his partner and his wife…
But Fathers are just WONDERFUL in a million different ways,
And they merit loving compliments and accolade of praise,
For the only reason Dad aspires to fortune and success
Is to make the family proud of him and to bring them happiness…
And like OUR HEAVENLY FATHER, he’s a guardian and a guide,
Someone that we can count on to be ALWAYS ON OUR SIDE.
Helen Steiner Rice