Family Life: Fathers


by Diane Burton

With Father’s Day last Sunday, it’s a reminder to give thanks to those men who are good role models, especially to their sons. I read a line in a story once that really stuck.

The most important aspect of being a father is to show up.

That almost sounds too simple. Fathers, like mothers, don’t need to give extravagant gifts or take the kids on fabulous adventures. Kids need their father’s time. They need their dad to come to their baseball games, their dance recitals.

They need their dad to read to them, to tuck them in at night, to check the closets and under the beds for monsters and scare them away. Dads teach them fair play and how to lose gracefully by playing board/card games with them. They teach kids patience by working together on puzzles or Legos sets.

We show respect to fathers, not just on the third Sunday of June, but every day by our thoughts, actions, prayers, and words.

Granted, some men don’t deserve respect. They are fathers in name only. Or they think by supporting the family financially they are doing enough. Time is more important than money.

I’m blessed to have three great fathers in my life—my husband, my son, and my son-in-law. Happy Father’s Day, guys.


About the Author

Diane Burton combines her love of mystery, adventure, science fiction and romance into writing romantic fiction. Besides the science fiction romance Switched and Outer Rim series, she is the author of One Red Shoe, a romantic suspense, and the Alex O’Hara PI mystery series. She is also a contributor to two anthologies: Portals, Volume 2 and How I Met My Husband. Diane and her husband live in West Michigan. They have two children and five grandchildren.

For more info and excerpts from her books, visit Diane’s website. Connect with Diane online at her blog, on Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, and on Pinterest. Sign up for Diane’s new release alert.

You can read Diane’s “Family Life” column on the 3rd Wednesday each month here at Mustard Seed Sentinel.

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