Happy Fathers Day to all the great dads out there!
We are a family of mostly girls and we were blessed to have fathers who loved us and nurtured us and molded the women that we are today. They guided us to do the right things for ourselves and for others but they also indulged our whims and catered to our whining. They were our first knights and protectors. With them watching our backs, we felt we could conquer anything in our realm. We are princesses and these are the men who made us.
So thank you, Papa, Uncle, Lolo and Husband. Thank you from your daughters who will always remember all the gestures, labors of love and sacrifices you made on our behalf. Read the rest of this entry »
My dad is not perfect and he knows it. He’s never been the ‘know it all’ dad. He’s never claimed to always know best either. That’s what made him special. He was always the first to joke around and always the last to leave when you most need help. He never was one to impart deep philosophical diatribes; what he dished out instead was a lot of common sense and straight forward advise. I’ve always appreciated that. It’s probably the reason that I am growing old with the tendency to appreciate straight forwardness and simplicity and common sense. And I kind of like that, still.
During my teenage years, my sisters and I came to live with my mother here in the U.S. along with our step-father. Our relationship with him was tentative at first but slowly developed into mutual respect and understanding. He always introduced us sincerely as his daughters and soon we also saw him not as a ‘step’ to anything, but just as a father. He loved people and he loved to travel. As I grow older, I take that gift from him; that of wanderlust and living life in the moment and for accepting people for who they are, nothing more and nothing less .
Then there’s the father of my daughters. He has been the kind of dad that if you measured your future beaus against him, you will be looking for a boyfriend for a long time. He adores his daughters and only want what’s best for them. He is raising them to be strong and independent women. He spoils them and yet makes sure that they stay evenly grounded. He makes sure they feel secure and safe and most of all, he is proud of them. Embarrassingly so, according to the girls. He would boast and talk of his girls every chance he gets, and he does love to talk to he gets a lot of chances to boast
I was blessed to have so many wonderful fathers in my life. These are just three of the immediate ones but I have always been surrounded by men who showed me everyday what it is to be a father in every sense of the word. To all my uncles, cousins and friends, I wish you all a HAPPY FATHER’S DAY! Continue doing what you do to influence and nurture the children in your lives…
There is no better gift than the gift of good health for any occasion. With Father’s Day coming up, however, it is even more pertinent that we give the special Dad’s in our lives something that most of them take for granted, and that is their own health. They worry about us, take care of us, make sure that we have everything we need, but when it comes to the most important thing in their life, their health, they tend to put that in the back burner.
“Did you know that new research has found that men are 31 percent less likely than women to have visited a doctor within the past year? In fact, men report making fewer routine health care appointments compared with women (56.5 percent vs. 73.8 percent).”
National Men’s Health Week is on June 14 – 20 and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and the Ad Council are launching a new movement on behalf of their national public service advertising campaign designed to encourage middle-age men to learn which preventive medical tests they need to get and when to get them.
Make sure that when you show your appreciation to dad this year, include a gentle nudge to get him to go to the doctor. It may be the greatest gift you can give him and may keep him around longer.
Here are a few things you can do to give that nudge:
Send this new e-card for Father’s Day from: http://www.dadtothedoc.org to remind the men you love about the importance of protecting his health this Father’s Day
Encourage the men you know to visit ahrq.gov/healthymen, which provides recommended ages for preventive medical tests, a health care quiz designed to test knowledge of preventive health care, tips for talking with doctors, a glossary of consumer health terms, and links to online resources to find more medical information. Also, keep an eye out for the new PSA’s encouraging dad’s to take care of their health.