Salut­ing the ‘GOOD DAD’...

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPECIAL ADVERTISIN­G FEATURE - Mickella An­der­son/ Fea­tures Writer

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.

He’s there

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.

He pro­vides

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.

He pro­tects

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!’

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