He's the best arms to fall into, offering pure comfort and love. He's the all-in supporter no matter what. He gently guides and directs without overbearing. He's the final say, the do-er, the go-getter. He's the steady hand of the family. The cornerstone. Fathers. You bring the close-to-dangerous-play, silliness, break-the-rules, stay-up-past-bedtime, all encompassing kind of love that can be found nowhere else. Mothers get most, if not all of the attention when it comes to your children. I once heard a football fanatic say "Fathers are like offensive linemen. They're vital, but no one notices them." When a couple brings home a newborn, who is the first to be contacted? The mother. Who is the first people ask about? The mother. The father almost always comes last, after mother and baby. And as children grow up, mothers continue to be acknowledged first in raising them. Through hard times and sorrow, fathers are typically the last ones to be comforted, as they are the ones providing a strong shoulder that bears the weight of the world. They provide a safe haven for their family without a second thought. A study was conducted on the impact fathers have on their children who were raised going to church every Sunday with only their mother versus children raised going to church with both mother and father. The study determined that the children who went to church with their mother alone, were less likely to continue attending as a single adult, and the children who attended church with both their mother and father, were more likely to continue attending as a single adult. Fathers instill a deep foundation of morals and values that are incomparable to any other teaching in life. Fathers, you are the MVP, the all-star, the quarterback. Just as the outcome of a football game is undoubtedly impacted by the quarterback's performance, the outcome of your family's overall well-being is directly impacted by you. You provide invaluable support, love, direction, and stronghold security. You teach trust and you set the tone for your child's life. So, fathers, while you sit in the background, everyone knows that you are indeed the backbone. This Father's Day, be sure to acknowledge all of the irreplaceable fathers in your life, and celebrate your own father and all of the unique characteristics and traits that you have because of him.
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