Father’s Day 2010: What Does It Mean to Be a Dad?

Father’s Day is Sunday.

So, in case you forgot, take this as your reminder to pick up a card on the way home or find a quick gift to give (please, no ties! :) )

Assuming, however, that you’re all set in the gift department or know how you might say thanks to your father, it’s important to distinguish the difference between a father and a Dad.

For one excellent summation, see the blog posted by Everyday Christian's  Jack Wellman. He hits upon many good points.

Additionally, please consider this.

The difference between a dad and a father is that the term dad infers a closer relationship than the primarily biological one indicated by the term father. The terms are not mutually exclusive, but the term “dad” also carries with it the expectations of nurturing and care giving.

I’ve been married for nearly 20 years and all of my kids are still at home, some much closer than others to being on their own. I would never purport to be the perfect dad nor would I somehow frown upon dads who are divorced or otherwise separated from their kids’ mothers. I, and I’m sure most of you, know men who are great dads even if their relationship to their children doesn’t fit the traditional nuclear family mold.

The point, guys, is that if you are a father, make sure you’re a dad, too. It can be tiring and inconvenient and unquestionably involves work. It is, however, time well-spent for you and your kids, no matter how you spend it.

Happy Father’s Day.

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  1. said:

    You pointed out the differences so well my friend of that of being a father and a dad. Anyone can be a father, but a dad is a special relationship. Well said. That is a huge difference indeed. Thank you for the mention to by the way. I reminded a friend about Father’s Day and accidentally triggered a resposne to “Hey, thanks, I forgot, I’ve got to get him something”. That struck me as a little sad. I don’t think most children would forget Father’s Day would they? Well maybe they would if they were just their “father” and not their dad. Great work on this blog Peter. My compliments to you and Happy Father’s Day to you “daddy”! You seem like the “daddy” kind to me! 🙂

    June 19, 2010
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  2. Thanks, Jack! I enjoy your blogs and your insights. I, too, hope you had a wonderful Father’s Day.

    June 21, 2010
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