5 Statements Dads Need To Hear More Often

1. My Favorite Time With You Was This: Fatherhood is full of hundreds of precious moments. From car rides and camping trips to fort building and sick days. But what moment meant the most? Let your Dad know, it will surely warm his heart.

2. You've Been Great: Being a Dad is rough. I'm only 5 months in and I've felt inadequate and overwhelmed. But I wake up every day with a dedication to be the best Dad I can. I would guess most Dads think the same. Sure, we fail and have even let people down, but that's not our heart. Regardless of where your relationship is at, let your Dad know he's been great. It's a few simple words that go a long way.

3. Thanks For All The Things I Don't Know About: Over the last few months, even while my wife was pregnant, I prepared, I read books, I painted, I bought too many things, and I prayed almost everyday for my daughter. But she'll never know. I assume this trend will continue for many years, and like many Dads who quietly support,  provide, and love their children in the background, they would do it all again. Thank your Dad for all the things you never knew. He'll know what you're talking about.

4. Can We Spend More Time Together? I'm not sure how many Dads would say no to this statement. We all get busy pursuing the race of life… and too often the ones closest to us fall to the backdrop. Make it a point this year to spend more time with your Dad. Even if it's only an extra hour. Below is a video of my Dad and I on vacation this last winter. It's pretty hilarious. We play pranks on each other ๐Ÿ˜‰

5. I'm Sorry For… There's nothing a bit more restoring than an authentic apology. For some, it may not be necessary and for others it may be far overdue. If there is something in between you and your Dad, apologize or forgive. Life is too short to live in conflict.

Below is a fun infographic I found about Dads. I think you'll enjoy it.

Things Dads need to hear


This blog post was written by an independent guest contributor.
Author Name: D Patridge.

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20 Responses

  1. I have shown appreciation and gratitude to my dad much more in the years since I moved away from home. Reflecting on your parents’ love and sacrifices, for most, doesn’t begin until we have to take on the roles and responsibilities they used to fill for us. I think fathers are less appreciated than mothers possibly because we, as a society, tend to assume that men will provide no matter what and the sacrifices men make for their families is expected. The sacrifices women make to change or leave careers is seen as a larger impact on the woman’s life than the sacrifices men make to provide for the whole family or to be in a dual-earner family.

    1. I completely agree… that’s one of the reasons I posted the article, because dads are so often underrated! Funny how much more we respect our parents too, once we move out ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. I think that telling your Dad Thank you for always making me feel safe and loved would go a long way. Fathers try to be the rock that a family needs and sometimes that gets taken for granted. I was raised by a single Father from the age of five and now that I am grown with two daughters of my own I see what that really takes. I am the rock for my daughters because for the first 10 and 9 years of their lives I was a single Mom. I have been married for almost 9 years now and my husband has stepped into the step father role, however I am still the rock. I learned how to be a loving parent from my Father. Without his love and support growing up I would have fallen on my face many times. Maybe I could just tell him what I just typed here. I unfortunately lost contact with him due to a stupid fight from many years ago. I would give anything to tell him Happy Fathers Day! Take my advice and never allow stupid things to ruin a relationship with someone you love. Happy Fathers Day to all the Dads in the world.

  3. I think also telling your dad “I love you” is important. I’ve noticed it’s easier to say to my mom even though I’m totally a Daddy’s Girl. So my goal is to tell my dad I love him more often.

  4. I wish I would have known my Father but I wish him a Happy Father’s Day anyway as he gave me life and for that I am very grateful. Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads and Moms who play both roles. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Yes Debbie! Happy Father’s Day to the moms who have played both roles, indeed. They sure are super women ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. This is my 3rd Father’s Day without my father. He was 82, and I am so thankful that I was able to express to him over the years how much I appreciated him, One of the most important things a father can do for a daughter is to show her what kind of man she should marry. Even when I was too young to realize it, I knew what to look for in a spouse. My dad gave me many gifts, but one of the greatest was to demonstrate everyday in his quiet , humble, dignified way what a “real” man was

  6. I think that the number one thing that you should always say to your dad is that you love him no matter what. I know that I always tell my dad I love him.

    1. Definitely. We screw up a lot and still need to hear those words. So good, Destini

  7. This is a great read, Dale. I’ve literally laid in bed paralyzed by the fear of losing my Dad on more occasions than I can count. After all, it’s inevitable, right? This goes a long way.

  8. What happened? UK based fathers don’t know about Bill Cosby? He’s among the best of TV dsds! Your list of fictional dads is incomplete!

  9. I just sent number three to my two oldest children, ages 16 and 14. They are tough on my husband because he’s tough on them. Meaning, they don’t understand and they think he’s just a scary guy, not considering that for 15 years his pay was the only income and that he was only person providing a roof over their heads, food in their mouths and the toys (now IPhones) that they so desire! I sent them the post, and tried to explain that yes, he’s tough, but he bears SO much responsibility…he’s essentially directly responsible for the welfare of 4 human beings! Should he slack off and lose his job, they suffer greatly! At any rate, great post and I hope it helps provide my children some insight….

    Just want to add that he’s not mean. He’s just not “soft” like I am. He’s stricter – he enforces chores when I cannot, etc. He’s very loving and has always been affectionate but the kids know – when dad says do something, he’s serious!

  10. I’m sure there are great dads out there, but in my case, what would you call a father who is never home, chooses friends over family, a material person, a nagative kind of realist, physically and emotionally and verbally abusive, cheats on the wife and dares to touch areas of himself you’re not supposed to touch in public, even worse, in front of his own children, and also watches 18+ channels when he ‘thinks’ his children are asleep in the bedroom…? Also never fulfilled the family’s financial ‘needs’, so things the family ‘want’ are out of the question.

    I’m serious in asking this question, cause these FACTS can’t be explained unless the father is mentally unstable. Is there a reason or a serious of reasons to explain every single point I’ve written above? No one was able to answer the question with concrete proof or anything that can make sense with no contradictions. So is there any ray of hope the children can cling on? Noting that the parents are divorced now and the youngest child is in high school.

    I am the eldest child and only daughter, and I am giving up hope and trying to think of something to help me cope and put up with such a person until I get my own salary and think it over again before deciding to get rid of any clear proof of any relation with him (aka change my full name)

  11. I’m 15 and my dad moved to america (i live in belgium) when he and my mom got divorced, about eight years ago. I always resented him for leaving my mom alone to take care of three kids, and only calling once in a while, taking us on vacations one week a year, so even though he tried a few times, i never accepted to create a real relationship with him. After reading some of your articles, though, one week ago, i sent him a message about a good memory i had with him from when he was still in belgium, and we’ve been talking every night since then. I don’t know what it will lead to, but thank you.

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