What Is The Definition Of A Good Father? @minutemaid_us #DoinGood #DiMe #Sweeps #Ad

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    Father’s Day is right around the corner and I have found myself reflecting a lot on the qualities that define what a good father is.  If you think about it, being a dad is not an easy job.  It involves always being in mom’s shadow and the truth is that fathers also play an integral role in the nurturing and development of their children.  Many fathers question whether they are doing a good job or not and, if you asked their children, they would probably say that they have the best fathers in the whole world!

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    I’ve been very fortunate in my life to be able to witness firsthand some of the best fathers in the world with the men in my own family.  Watching them over the years has allowed me see that any doubts that they might have about their parenting were completely unfounded.  Here are some of the lessons that they have imparted to me and to those around them about the qualities that define a good father.  So, without further ado, here it is…

  • A good father puts the needs of his children ahead of his own and makes sacrifices in order to fulfill those needs.
  • Fathers are heroes to their children and make them feel protected at all times, no matter what.
  • Good fathers treat the mothers of their children with love and respect in order to model how women should be treated at all times.
  • Dads are nurturers just like moms are and they demonstrate their love for their children through their affection whenever they can.
  • Good fathers stand by their families when times are good and when they are not so good.

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    Minute Maid wants to celebrate all the dads who are “Doin’ Good” by highlighting the qualities that make them such wonderful fathers. Check out this new video from my friends at Minute Maid. Make sure you share it with all the dads in your life to help them remember that they, too, are doing a great job as a father!

Let’s Discuss:  What is your definition of a good father?

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Comments

  1. Mary Happymommy says:

    I don’t have a dad but my husband is a wonderful father to our 3 (soon to be 4) kids. He works very hard and spends all his free time with us. He’ll sacrifice himself for our happiness and I’m grateful to him everyday.

  2. Mary Happymommy says:

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  3. Kelly D says:

    My husband is doing a good job. Even though he works a lot of hours, he still spends quality time with our kids. I think a good father makes memories with his children.

  4. Barbara Montag says:

    I have a cousin who is a single parent.
    She’s a terrific mom and doesn’t give herself credit for this.
    When I think of a good father the first thing that comes to mind is patience.
    thank you

  5. Mary Cloud says:

    A good Father is someone who is always there for his children no matter what – someone who kids can look up to – a good example

  6. A good father is loving and caring. My husband is doing great job working hard and being a good dad.
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  7. shelly peterson says:

    My son in law is an awesome father to my 2 grandsons. He works hard long days and still finds time to play with them and teach them.

  8. My husband is #doinggood. He is a great dad to both of our kids. They are so different and he knows how to relate to both of them. It’s awesome.

  9. I know many wonderful fathers these days who rather than acting like they are “helping out mom” are fully engaged with their kids because they WANT to be.

  10. Heather Hayes Panjon says:

    My Dad Is #Doingood As A Parent, He Raised Four Children As A Single Father, He Worked Very Hard To Provide For Us. He Is The Best Father We Could Have Ever Asked For. My Definition Of A Good Father Is Support, Dedication, Love And Caring, Compassion.

  11. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says:

    I think a good father is one that is there for his kids. Supports them, encourages them, spends time with them.

  12. Adrienne Gordon says:

    My husband is a great dad. He loves taking the kids outdoors and to all their events.

  13. Janet W. says:

    My husband is a wonderful father! Now that our daughters are grown, his duties as a father are not over and he shows that to my daughters every day. He helps them in any way he can, and he also is an excellent grandfather to our grandsons.

  14. Julie Wood says:

    A good Dad is loyal and supportive of his kids. My Dad did a great job in being the sole provider for a family of eight when I was growing up. He went to work every day and helped us with whatever we needed. I have always told him thank you so much for what he has done for me, and thank him for all of his support and love over the years. My Dad is 84 years old!

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  16. Cynthia C says:

    My dad has been a great father, grandfather and now great-grandfather. He never gets tired of helping everyone in the family with whatever they need.

  17. Margaret Smith says:

    Besides my husband, who is a great Dad, I also admire my brother. He’s a Dad to 7 kids and he’s super wonderful with all of them. He’s really a inspiration.

  18. Desiree Dunbar says:

    I think a good father spends quality time with their kids, laughing and playing.

    I entered the Fandango giveaway.

  19. Maryann D. says:

    I think my dad was a better father then he even thought he was. He raised 5 children and continued to help all of us as much as he could even when we were out of the house and married. When we had children, he took our children out and entertained them also even when he was in his 80’s.

  20. I’m not a shallow person but for me being a good father is a little more than him putting his family first.
    – Helping out with changes/feeding/homework etc without being asked to
    – Even though he may have been at work all day 5 days a week, still have consideration for the mom who has been at home looking after the kids all day
    – Being considerate to the mother
    – Caring, selfless and willing to do anything possible to provide for his family
    I actually think that almost every parent is doing a better job than they think they are…everyone doubts their parenting abilities on occasion.

  21. I have a friend who is a single parent and she is always doing things with her children. I think spending time making memories is the best thing you can do for your children.

  22. Amanda McMahon says:

    I think a good father takes care of his children, is welcoming and doesn’t see mom being away as “babysitting” since they’RE HIS kids too!

  23. Richard Hicks says:

    My brother is doing a superb job raising his kids. He is the type of Dad that I wish everyone had. He has wonderful kids.

  24. My brother is doing a great job as a dad despite working two jobs. He always makes time for his kids even though he works 70 hours a week.

  25. meagan bs says:

    most of my friends are doing better than they think, my husband included.

  26. My older brother who is currently a Dad of one but expecting a second is #Doingood. I think he is an amazing Father to his daughter and will be a great Father to this new baby as well. He is very hands on, loves spending time with his family and loves being a Dad.

  27. Bonnie Day says:

    my husband has been a great father for my 3 kids They often tell him that they learned his work essic from him and value to details They often tell him that blood does not make a father He is always there for them and I couldn’t be prouder

  28. My friend Nate is doing a much better job of being a good dad than he thinks — he has to work long hours and travel a lot, which he feels guilty about constantly, but he still manages to make it to all of his kids’ events and spends all of his free time with them.

  29. Sounds like a great dad to me! I did not have a good dad so when I hear men stepping up to the plate and taking the father role I am happy for the kids.

  30. courtney b says:

    it’s kind of the opposite. I know people that THINK they are good parents and they really suck. but the person YOUR talking about is probably me. I am WAY too hard on myself, when deep down I think I am a good parent !:)

    Thanks! xoxoxo

  31. Kim Henrichs says:

    My brother is an amazing father. He has worked hard to support his children through a rocky divorce and provide them with groundwork for a great future.

  32. Amanda Sakovitz says:

    My dad is doing a good job. He’s always there for us.

  33. Thomas Murphy says:

    My brother is doing a way better job as a dad then he thinks. My definition of a good parent is someone that always makes time for there kids.

  34. Shannon says:

    My husband is a great dad. He adores the kids and tries to spend every moment with them possible

  35. Laura J says:

    Oh I would say my little brother! His wife left…him with the 3 kids. He has done such an amazing job….but sometimes I dont think he sees it. He is a very hands on dad…..which I think it so important. One who loves one on one time….and just really engaging with their child!

  36. Laura J says:

    Oh I would say my little brother! His wife left…him with the 3 kids. He has done such an amazing job….but sometimes I dont think he sees it. He is a very hands on dad…..which I think it so important. One who loves one on one time….and just really engaging with their child!

  37. My definition of a good father includes time with the family and passing on values and life lessons. Funny that those who think are not doing a good job are the ones
    that keep themselves on their toes doing it!

  38. I agree with your definition of a good Dad. My own Dad was great. I have a friend who is a wonderful Dad–most of the men in my family and my friends all are or were great Dads.

  39. steve weber says:

    My dad is doing a good job. He lost his wife/my mom 3 years ago to breast cancer.. He still works hard and smiles often.

  40. Patricia says:

    I am always amazed at a single parent. Sometimes they don’t give themselves enough credit. They usually work twice as hard to make their family run smoothly.

  41. My nephew is always saying how he doesn’t have the money to buy fancy things for his little girl. But he’s working two jobs so his wife can stay home with the baby, they have a decent house and he’s smart enough to drop by my house before shopping so I can load him up with coupons. I give him a lot of credit for his hustle.
    I try to always have some type of “leftovers” on hand when I know he’ll be stopping by.

  42. beth shepherd says:

    I have a dear friend that has 2 autistic boys. She does an amazing job with them. I am very proud. Thank you!

  43. Ashley C says:

    My sister in law is doing a better job as a mother than she thinks she is.
    I think a good dad is one who is understanding, spends time with their family, is open minded, true to their word and is loving.

  44. My husband and I have five children – four of which are special needs. It takes an extraordinary effort to make it all work and meet each of their needs. He is an exceptional dad for sure.

  45. Lupita m says:

    my lovely dad is been always a great father and grandfather to my kids he is alway there when we need him I’m very grateful to him for his support .

  46. My son is an exceptional father. He puts the needs of his children way ahead of his own. He makes continual sacrifices to give them the best life possible

  47. My little brother is doing a great job as a dad. He isn’t with the mother of his child, but he is always there for his son and daughter.

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  49. Nicole Dziedzic says:

    My brother is doing good with his three kids, he seems to juggle so much but is able to be the best dad ever. He is always there for his kids, supporting them, and encouraging them, and being involved.

  50. Brittney House says:

    My friend was worried about being a 1st time single mom. She is doing a great job. She is raising a happy, healthy, smart boy.

  51. Betty B. says:

    I think being a good father is being supportive, listening, making sure everyone feels secure and being present!

  52. A good father to me is someone who devotes his time to making good decisions, and being a good role model for his children. Being active in their lives and showing them love and attention!

  53. My sister is a new mom to one-year-old twins. She is doing a phenomenal job.

  54. amy pugmire says:

    My dad is such a hard worker, he gets promotions doesn’t say a word, he is so humble, He loves to make people smile and help anyone out.

  55. LaTanya says:

    My husband is doing a good job while juggling work and school. Unconditional love and being there are a couple characteristics that make a great dad

  56. Laura ari says:

    A good father is one who takes care of his kids without expecting anything in return.

  57. Robin W says:

    I think a good father is someone who knows how to walk the fine line between being a good friend and a great parent. Someone who just doesn’t listen, but hears what is said to him.

  58. Dawn Monroe says:

    My husband and son in law are doing a great job. My definition of a good father is someone who is understanding, has patience and a good provider and protector.

  59. Heather! says:

    I think I know people who are better parents than they think. I also know people who aren’t as good as they think! A good father spends time with his kids. The activity doesn’t matter; what counts is the time spent (as long as the focus is his children).

  60. Ellie Wright says:

    My son is an awesome dad. He works long hours with the city and still coaches both of his boy’s little league teams.

  61. Leidy Ruiz says:

    My husband is #DoinGood because he teaches our kids by example how to live a Godly life. He is a very loving, kind and funny guy, always there for them, encouraging them and giving them his best. we love him so much and thank GOD for him everyday.

  62. Jessica Beard says:

    My husband is doing a great job. As a good father should do, he spends free time with our kids, works hard to give them a good life, and is very patient with them while teaching them to be good boys.

  63. Birdiebee says:

    My son-in-law is doing a great job raising two of my grandkids. He spends quality time with them, truly cares about them yet also has a good discipline plan when needed.

  64. My hubby is an amazing father. He feels bad that he has to work so much an be away from them so much but he is so good with them. They adore him and look up to him so much!! I dont think he credits himself enough on how great he is.

  65. I think my son is doing a good job as a father. He is always there for his son and does a good job juggling his work and personal life.

  66. A friend of mine is doing a better job than she thinks. My definition of being a good father is someone who will put the needs of his children ahead of his own and will always be there for his kids no matter what.

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  67. Tabathia B says:

    My husband is a great dad, we have four girls ages 5 – 21 and he always made and makes time for them from everything to arts & crafts and tea parties to driving lessons and playing video games. Our youngest also has medical problems and we are constantly in the hospital with her.

  68. Tabathia B says:

    entered the fandango giveaway

  69. kyl neusch says:

    My sis is doing a good job raising her kids

  70. A good father to me is one that loves his kids. He tries hard to spend quality time with his kids each week.
    He also works hard to provide for his family and puts their needs first.

  71. Leidy Ruiz says:

    entered the fandango giveaway

  72. Katie J says:

    My definition of a good father is one that is always there for his kids and loves them unconditionally.

  73. I have a single mom friend who is doing a great job of being both mom and dad, although I don’t think she realizes what a great job she’s done.

  74. Karen Drake says:

    My son is a great father, he has taught my two grandchildren well, they are wonderful kids.

  75. Thank you for the giveaway. I’d love to send a shout out to my husband. He is an amazing husband and father, but doesn’t seem to realize it. He works very hard to provide for all of us and puts our needs first. Our kids are almost grown and we are trying to make as many memories as possible. He also supports my decision on returning to college and has been very encouraging.

  76. Danielle Marie says:

    i have to go with my dad. he raised me alone. and a good father is someone that accepts you no matter what.

  77. Lisa Brown says:

    my definition of a good father is one where the father is involved with their children, there to help and guide them, supportive, loving.

  78. Erica B. says:

    Definitely my husband.

  79. Tracy Robertson says:

    My Dad is awesome. I’m a grown woman and I feel like we grew as a family together. He was always there for me and we are closer than ever now. I think the definition of a good Dad is one who loves his child(ren) and tries to be responsible for them.

  80. Bridgett Wilbur says:

    My father is a single parent of 4 kids 2 which he is still raising. I am so proud of him he’s my hero.

  81. Virginia Rowell says:

    I think my daughter is doing a better job than she thinks. A good father is one who plays with thier kids and listens to what they have to say.

  82. robyn paris says:

    I have a friend who i think is doing a great job as a father. I ‘m not sure he realizes how good a job he is doing. The best Dad to me is loves their Mom.

  83. A good father is a man that is there for his family, one who spends time with his kids!

  84. Daniel M says:

    my dad is the best. he’s always helping everyone out. glad he’s still with us!

  85. Tammie Venne says:

    I think we are all doing better than we think

  86. Janine H says:

    My husband is doing a better job than he thinks!

  87. tina reynolds says:

    My husband is such and awesome dad and does not give him self near enough credit for all he does for his family

  88. Lisa Brown says:
  89. my hubby. he works hard and loves to spending time with our son.

  90. cynthia Dawson says:

    My husband is doing a better job than he knows! He works 7 days a week to support his family and still has time (and loves) to play and spend time with his daughter. They are best buddies!

  91. Francine Anchondo says:

    my husband does a great job . A great dad is someone who spends time with his kids and listens to them.

  92. jules m. says:

    my dad was a wonderful father. i think any dad who sticks around,loves and listens to his kids.. is a good dad.

  93. Lisa V. says:

    My son in law is doing a much better job than he expected. His daughter was born this January and had a panic attack every time she cried, couldn’t get her to stop, gagged at a dirty diaper, etc. Now, he’s got everything down pat. Part of being a good dad is being there for the whole family, helps when he can, goes the extra mile for both the baby and the mommy.

  94. Rebecca Peters says:

    My boyfriend is a amazing father.. I have never seen someone who loved his daughter as much as he loves his

  95. Stephanie Larison says:

    My husband is doing a great job, he’s too hard on himself sometimes and it makes him question if he’s doing a good job. He works a lot so he feels he’s not always there for the girls. I good father to me is someone who spends time with their children.

  96. Laurie Emerson says:

    My sister is doing a better job than she thinks she is doing. She is raising 3 children on her own without any help and often working 3 jobs at a time doing jobs nobody else wants to do. She is so loving and caring and I respect her so much. My definition of a good father is a father who shows his children how much he loves them.

  97. My sister is doing a great job as a parent. I think a great father is there for his kids no matter what. Zero excuses, it’s all about action!

  98. My dad has been wonderful, he has thought me so many things

  99. Bryan E. says:

    Thank You for the giveaway…we have a good friend who is a single mom (husband passes away) who does an amazing job raising her two school age kids while working (almost) full-time…we lend a hand when we can.

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