The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

June 16, 2013

Fathers mean more than biology


DANVILLE — Today is Father’s Day, the day when the rest of the family lets the old man believe he’s actually in charge of things around the house.

Fathers do play critical roles in the lives of their children, although their value seems to be diminished in recent years.

We’ve gone from the all-knowing “Father Knows Best” on television to the bumbling idiot dads on “The Simpsons” and “Two and a Half Men.”

It sees to be in vogue these days to portray dads as clueless and inept, kept around to drive the family somewhere — poorly — and reach things on high shelves.

Real fathers, of course, do much more than that. And biology plays little role in what real fathers can do for their families.

Real fathers offer guidance, help teach discipline in their children’s lives and set examples for them to follow.

They encourage their children to reach for high goals and expect them to do their best. And, even when that reach might fall a bit short, real fathers are their to give support and consolation.

Real fathers make sure their children have what they need, even if they are no longer sharing the same house with them. They let disputes with their children’s mother be secondary to putting the children first.

Fathers supply unconditional love, Period.

So today, thank the real father in your life, whether directly or simply by thinking of him. You know he’ll appreciate it.