The Importance of a Good Father

While this story is six months old, I saw this on Facebook this morning and wanted to share it.

A single father took his six year old daughter for a Valentine’s Day dinner, and during the meal was given this note…


It reads:

Hi there! Sorry to spy but my husband and I saw you out with your little date and were so impressed with what a great Dad you are. From two adults who grew up without dads, it’s so important to have a male role model at a young age. Keep up the good work Dad! Dinner is on us! 🙂 

The note was left anonymously, and the father was overwhelmed by the gesture…

It’s so true that a positive male role model will help young females form healthy relationships with men in later life, and it’s unfortunate and wrong that many stories about men and fathers focus on the negative.

So, for all the wonderful fathers out there – this one is for you!


35 thoughts on “The Importance of a Good Father

  1. I am always so happy when I see active dads (or even active moms as they are rare here). My fiancé and our daughter have an amazing relationship, and I love seeing it every day.

  2. For me, being a dad is my most important task. One mistake I think many parents make is that they see their role as a parent as being mainly a provider. As long as they provide food, shelter, clothes etc they think they are doing a good job.

    I think parenting goes much further than that. As a parent, my biggest job is to try to prepare my children to be independent, and be able to face the world on their own.

    It’s hard knowing when to push, and when to pull back. And sometimes I think it’s important that I sit back and allow them to make their own mistakes. The parental instinct is to always help, and always do things for them. But if we do that we make our children dependent on us.

    Parenting is difficult, but also rewarding. Sometimes I feel like I’m doing a terrible job, but I know I’m trying, and trying to do the best for my kids.

  3. This so 100% true. I’ve always been baffled by the issue that people have with father’s day. I know lots of people didn’t have good fathers, or present ones, but there are good ones out there, like me, who do care about there kids so much that they would take a bullet for them. I hope everyone has a good male figure in their life and it makes me bitter when someone who does have one doesn’t take the responsibility for that child. Anyways, that goodness for good fathers.

    • I totally agree. I didn’t have a good father, but if I ever have children that won’t affect how I treat them. I see many people making excuses for their own parental failings. Your children are lucky to have you!

      • Yeah, it’s pretty tricky, because most people love and adore Mother’s Day, but not so much Father’s Day. Sorry you didn’t have a good father. 😦 I’m making sure my kids do, though.

  4. If it’s true… then the world is a good place! My dad had a minimal impact on my growing up, his alcohol controlled his life, I let it pull us apart. I regret it to this day. This helped me think about how much of an impact I wanted to be in my daughters life, and pushed me to be as good as I know I can be!

    • I love your posts about your fatherly adventures with your daughter, and now you have another on the way there will be double the fun! Your photographs are amazing!

  5. Hubby and I were just talking this morning about the importance of a strong, good role model in Fathers. Too many men shirk their responsibility and it leaves such a gap in the heart of young children. Wonderful post, have missed your writing… DAF

  6. I hadn’t seen this one. I’ve seen similar things floating around the internet about people leaving notes and/or paying for others’ meals but not this one. I didn’t get weepy at all. *sniff* ❤

    Some people think this stuff is boring (because…?) but I love feel-good, good news stories. Thanks for sharing this.

  7. I think it is a sad reflection on our society that you become fearful of talking to a child or even acknowledging a smile. Yes there are good people but – also sadly – they don’t sell newspapers.

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