Dads and Grads

June is an exciting month because we get to celebrate dads and grads!

What would we do without our amazing dads? They are role models, protectors, providers and leaders. Often times they are handling things behind the scenes and don’t get the acknowledgment they deserve.

What is something your dad has done that has made a difference in your life? When did he go above and beyond? How did he set the tone for how you would treat others or what your work ethic would be? How has he protected you?

If you feel like your dad did not do these things, what did he do that is worth appreciating? Finding that “thing” is a gift for both of you. If someone other than your biological dad stepped into that role in your life, what did they do that was so special? How can you show your appreciation? Does he enjoy quality time, a handwritten thank you card, a photograph of the two of you together, or art that you have created? Maybe his favorite homecooked meal would be the perfect way to say “thank you”?

There are also some people who have grown up without a father figure. Thinking about these questions may be painful or bring up anger. It’s not easy when you feel let down or abandoned, or when you look back and realize you did not receive the basic necessities from your parent. If that is your situation, is there room for forgiveness? It may not bring back that father figure, but it will definitely make you a better parent and allow you to move forward with an open heart. Father’s Day is an opportunity for a new start within yourself, an opportunity to let go and release what may be holding you back in life.

Whatever your situation is with your dad, find a way to bring love and joy into Father’s Day and into your relationships. Find a way to share that with your children. Focus on what is good, not what is missing. It makes a huge difference!

If you were raised by a single mother, she has done the job of both mom and dad. It would be awesome to acknowledge what she has provided in that capacity. She deserves to be celebrated for her consistent and unending love and contribution in your life.

Acknowledging What Dads Provide  

  • Leadership
  • Financial provision
  • Protection
  • Strength
  • Determination
  • Spiritual leadership
  • Honor
  • Loyalty
  • Role models for their boys
  • Guardian of their daughter’s hearts
  • Great at fixing things
  • Standing up for what’s right
  • Great problem-solvers
  • Life advisors
  • And more!

Dads are the ultimate gatekeepers to their children, their home and their family. They are strong, powerful and committed. They are the lion protecting the den. Happy Father’s Day to all of our amazing dads! You are valued and appreciated more than you know.

As for our 2019 graduates, congratulations! There is so much work involved in graduating from each level. Acknowledge your graduates in the way that is rewarding to them. Make sure they know you love them for who they are, not what they do.

Congratulations to my daughter, Alexis! I am so proud of you for following your dreams, doing school your way and for growing into a beautiful, loving and caring person. May God bless your endeavors in life.

Traci L. Williams is the Founder of A Loving Way to Parent. She provides parenting classes, teen programs and individual coaching.  She is known for her practical parenting style and can be reached directly at 951-240-1407 or

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