Being a dad is HARD. Being a military dad is Herculean. Their profession uniquely influences the way they parent in a positive manner. Children with involved, affectionate dads thrive in all aspects of life. That’s why I’m sharing 3 ways I think military men are awesome dads.
They’re Admirable Role Models
Service Members generally exhibit admirable traits within their profession such as honor, integrity and compassion. They exhibit these same traits at home, where their children observe and want to emulate them. My husband is an officer and cares deeply for his soldiers. I’ve seen his compassionate leadership in action and I’m comforted knowing he will instill those same values in my son.
They Appreciate The Little Things
Military families often endure long separations whether it be long work hours, trainings, TDY or deployments. Military dads learn to make the most out of the time they have with their children and go the extra mile to make them feel loved and cherished.
They’re Great Providers
Military dads are terrific providers in every sense of the word. They work hard serving our country and serving their families. Military dads know that being a provider goes beyond financial obligations and extends to emotional availability as well. They have an understanding of the sacrifices their families make for them to fulfill their duties, and show their appreciation by providing the best for their families through any means possible.
What traits do you think make military dads awesome?
As a social worker, I always feel the need to help others wherever possible at whatever capacity I am able. When horrors occur such as the massacre that occurred in Orlando, it is easy to find ourselves feeling an array of emotions, one of which may be helplessness. This is normal, however, there are ways we can help.
What is Politics?
A little boy goes to his dad and asks, “What is politics?”
Dad says, “Well son, let me try to explain it this way: I’m the breadwinner of the family, so let’s call me capitalism. Your Mom, she’s the administrator of the money, so we’ll call her the government. We’re here to take care of your needs, so we’ll call you the people. The nanny, we’ll consider her the working class. And your baby brother, we’ll call him the future. Now, think about that and see if that makes sense,” so the little boy goes off to bed thinking about what dad had said.
Later that night, he hears his baby brother crying, so he gets up to check on him. He finds that the baby has severely soiled his diaper. So the little boy goes to his parents’ room and finds his mother sound asleep. Not wanting to wake her, he goes to the nanny’s room. Finding the door locked, he peeks in the keyhole and sees his father in bed with the nanny. He gives up and goes back to bed.
The next morning, the little boy says to his father, “Dad, I think I understand the concept of politics now.” The father says, “Good son, tell me in your own words what you think politics is all about.”
The little boy replies, “Well, while capitalism is screwing the working class, the government is sound asleep, the people are being ignored and the future is in deep shit.”
My son Jack is 5 weeks old as of yesterday and thriving! Our journey started off a bit bumpy but things are sorting themselves out and the road is much smoother these days. Oh, and an exciting tidbit, I’m typing this into a note on my phone while Jack is nursing… with NO NIPPLE SHIELD. Woot woot! I may not have showered or slept more than 10 hours in two days, but I’m pretty sure I’m winning at mom life right now.
An WWII Russian tank veteran found the tank he was on through the war as a monument in a Russian town.