My dad is and has always been a big part of my life. He is the first person I turn to for advice when life throws me a curveball. He always knows exactly what I need to do and I value and trust his opinion 100%. He’s a good, caring person right to the core and he’ll be the first one to help anyone out in a time of need. As his daughter, he’s demonstrated these special qualities more times than I can count. My dad has helped me more than any other person in the world. He’s helped shape me into the person I am today and I strive to live my life by his example.
I’ve partnered with Dove Men+Care for Father’s Day to share my own personal experiences of my dad to showcase why caring means strength. I’ll also be sharing some interesting statistics from the 2014 Dove Men+Care ‘Care Makes A Man Stronger’ Research. Did you know that 88% of men believe that taking care of their family makes them feel stronger? In my case, my dad has superhero strength! He built his own insurance business from scratch and worked extremely hard to be the success that he is today. He’s been at the top of his industry in Canada for as long as I can remember. I know it’s due to sheer determination, hard work and most importantly, for being a caring, genuine person. You can sense if a person has your best interests at heart and I know that’s a big reason why so many people do business with my dad. He cares about people.
One thing I know about my dad is that family is #1 to him. I found this old Father’s Day card I made for him when I was a child. I smile when I read the things the childhood me loved about my dad.
Yes, I loved the restaurant meals and trips to the store for candy. The last sentence: “I love you for being nice” is what it’s really all about. Even back then I thought my dad was a pretty special person.
In my preparation for Father’s Day and writing this post, I took a trip down memory lane to find photos to share. They reflect happy memories of my dad and show his true character as a strong caring dad and grandfather.
In this photo, my dad and I went to Scottsdale, Arizona for one of his work conferences. I was 17 years old. The best part is that he only took me! We had a wonderful time on this father-daughter vacation.
When I graduated high school, my dad was so proud of me. I won scholarships and a few awards at the ceremony. Just by looking at this picture, I can see how happy he was.
9 out of 10 men globally believe masculinity has evolved since their father’s generation, and that showing care is a sign of a man’s real strength. I think my dad would agree. It’s a different perspective, but it’s true. There are many ways to show you care.
A big one for my dad was sharing his time. We practically grew up on the beaches of the Ottawa River. Some of my favourite memories are of summer days spent on our boat. We’d visit beaches you could only access by boat and also spend a weekend fishing on the houseboat.
When I lived in Edmonton, my dad paid for me to come back to visit my family and would drive 4 hours round-trip to pick me up at the airport in Ottawa. It was hard to live so far away from my family. I cherished every second I had to visit.
My dad loves his motorcycles. I’ve been on a many rides with him over the years. When this photo was taken, he was driving me down to Southern Ontario for a medical appointment. Not only did he get me there, but we went in style!
I agree with 75% of men who say the changes in our perception of masculinity has had a positive impact on society. It’s the little things that mean the most. My dad isn’t much of a cook, but he can grill a mean burger. He’s also known for his “Egg in a Hole”, jumbo-sized pancakes and fried bologna sandwiches.
I know I don’t tell him enough, but I wanted to say, “Thank You Dad”. Thanks for always being there for me and showing me how much you care. You always make me feel special and loved.
This Father’s Day, Dove Men+Care is sharing a different perspective of what a true hero looks like. Typically, we think of heroes as the ones from movies with their macho representation of strength. Instead, consider that real strength comes from the ability to care. I’m glad that Dove Men+Care recognizes the real meaning.
94% of men say it’s important to be a caring father. Dove Men+Care has created a video called, “My Dad, My Hero” that features footage from real dads’ lives and captures the special moments that shows caring is a sign of real strength. Watch the video and I bet you will finish it with a smile on your face!
Do you agree that caring = strength? I’d love to hear about your personal experience either with your dad, husband or both!