Saluting the ‘GOOD DAD’...
MANY JAMAICAN dads often complain that their day of recognition is often a subtler and less mentioned occasion than the fanfare experienced by mothers in May.
In a society like ours, the disappointing ‘absent father’ syndrome is a terrible disease affecting families, but that is not to say that there are no good fathers among us. Good dads exist and on Father’s Day, we celebrate them! Since this one is ‘Dedicated to Dad,’ let’s discuss some more about good dads and the roles they play.
A good dad is first a present dad. He’s there for his family at all times, especially when he is most needed, and is always the first to say ‘good job’ when we succeed and ‘you’ll do better next time’ when we fail. He is not afraid to show his emotions, despite how much our society praises masculinity and male dominance. He teaches his children how to stand their ground and to make the right decision in all situations. He’s a believer, a lover and a kind soul.
Our society today has changed many of the ways in which a family is structured. In the past, moms were mainly nurturers who laboured around the home, taking care of husband and kids. Dads were the breadwinners who laboured physically outside the home to make ends meet for his family. Today, women are going after rewarding careers and juggling both home and work life, sometimes immaculately. A good dad embraces this and continues to play his part in providing for the family, even if supermom has the ability to do it all.
A good dad protects and defends his family, not only from physical harm. He cares enough about being a role model for his children that he makes decisions carefully with them in mind, and will not walk into situations that will challenge the existence of a happy home. He is faithful and honest, always considerate to the institution of ‘family’ and what it stands for.
The Gleaner wishes a Happy Father’s Day to all ‘good dads’ and urges that you continue to play your part in moulding today’s children to become their best selves. Continue to blaze a trail for all dads by making it the norm for dad to be there, to provide, and to protect. In the words of Konshens, ‘Big up yuh self cause you a real fada!’