father's day 2016

4 Things I Want My Boys to Learn from their Daddy

So I’ll let you in on a little secret:

I’m married to THE #1 DAD. (Where my Seinfeld fans at?)

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It’s true. When Brad and I decided to start trying for kids, he wasn’t exactly chomping at the bit to enter those terrifying waters of parenthood. I knew there might be an adjustment period for him, but I had no doubt he’d be a great dad.

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What I didn’t realize is that he’d be THE WORLD’S GREATEST DAD. Like seriously, sometimes I look at him in amazement at just how naturally wonderful he is with our son. He’s patient, sweet and fun. He’s so proud of him, and talks about him with a complete look of adoration on his face. And the sound of their giggles and excitement as they play together literally fill our home with a joy that I’ll remember forever (and I think Miles will too).
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He loves Miles openly and genuinely, in a way that I believe will shape him into a well-rounded and loving husband and father himself one day. And I have no doubt the same will be true for McBaby II from the moment he arrives.
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I realize that great dads are hard to come by, and I know how lucky we are to have him in our lives. Raising boys to be amazing men is no small feat, and I know having someone like Brad to lead by example makes my job a whole lot easier.

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So, In honor of Father’s Day, here are four things I hope our boys will learn from their wonderful, amazing, downright awesome daddy.

Be Real

When Brad and I started dating, one of his friends asked me what I liked most about him. My answer: he’s the most genuine guy I’ve ever met. Brad is very honest, but never harsh. He can give open feedback without making you feel criticized. I believe it’s the reason people often come to him for advice… because they know they are going to get something very truthful yet helpful in the return. And don’t tell him I said this, but he actually gives really good advice, so generally it’s wise to follow it. πŸ˜‰

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Be Sweet
What made me first fall (and stay) in love with my husband is how incredibly sweet he is. He’s never been an overly sappy or romantic guy, but he has a way of saying really sweet and real (there’s that word again) things about the way he feels about me and our life together that make me melt.Β  I believe that this is a strong character trait to have, not just in romantic relationships, but in friendships, relationships with family and even co-workers. I want our boys to know that it’s ok to feel and to be open about those feelings with the people in your life. Being sweet is a sign of strength. Life is far too short to keep your feelings all tied up inside. And, as you can see, it’s a great way to win over the ladies. πŸ˜‰

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Be a Leader
My husband is one of the most natural-born leaders I’ve ever met. I don’t say this just because he’s a good planner and businessman, but because he leads by building other people up, listening, and learning from his mistakes. He’s confident yet not cocky. He takes ownership and is incredibly passionate about the things he cares about. And he’s an incredibly hard worker. Miles and McBaby II are so lucky to have him as an example.

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Lead with Love
Brad has said before, “There’sΒ people in the world who are just so good. I wish I could be like that.” The funny thing is, he is honestly and truly a good person. I’ve watched him help and give to people in need without question. I’ve seen his heart ache over tragedy, and the loveless state that this world seems to be in. I want our sons to learn empathy and that, first and foremost, they need to respect others and lead with love, just like their father does.
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I’ll stop there. I could go on for pages and pages about how great Brad is, but I know he’ll be embarassed by me at this point anyway, so I’ll cut him a break. πŸ˜‰

To my husband: I want to say publicly that I am so thankful for you and all you do for us. You work so hard and never complain. You do everything you can to make our lives the best ever. It’s just an added bonus that you are soooooo incredibly good looking. πŸ˜‰ We love you!
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