Today is Father’s Day! The importance of a male figure in a child’s life has become more and more clear to me over the years. And I think a man who becomes a father and is present, involved and is happy to be a father is one of the most special relationships there is.

Fatherlessness is an issue that impacts all of us—whether we know it or not.

The absence of positive male role models in a child’s life has an impact on teen dropout rates, drug use, promiscuity and and several choices kids make that lead to social problems later in life.

In general, it seems that some males have simply forgotten how to be men.

We’ve forgotten how much power we have to shape the lives of our own children.

If you’re a dad sticking it out with your family and your kids, THANKS.

And if you’re a father struggling through the tension to stay in your children’s lives after a separation, thanks for facing the tension because you love your kids. It will mean the world to them in the long run.

Dad’s, in my opinion, you are the most powerful force in the lives of your children. Thank you for not being passive. Thank you for understanding and taking responsibility for your power.

Thank you for turning your power into love and commitment.

So on this day, I’d like to honor my dad – – your continued presence, support, love and encouragement have had so much influence in shaping me into the girl I am today. I may not have always realized how lucky I am to  have a father who has always been around and had a positive influence on my life, but I definitely do now. You truly are the best dad and I hope you know how much I appreciate you everyday.

I admire you more than you’ll ever know and I’m so thankful for our relationship and that I got you as my dad. Enjoy today!

Happy Fathers Day Dad – See you very soon xo!