Father’s Day, celebrated globally on the third Sunday of June that falls on June 15 this year, is meant to honour fathers and father-figures for their contribution to the family and society. Though the observance is of western origin, it has also caught up in India too.
The commercial aspects of the observance are in form of special cards with quotes on fathers, good-wishes cards, gifts or flowers to fathers. However, fathering a child may be easy, but fatherhood is a matter of learning and hard work. Fatherhood stands for the qualities, social skills and spirit of a good father or a role model father. The practice of nurturing kinship relation between the offspring and the father for proper upbringing and social development is real fatherhood.
Being a good father is to relate life and learning. In respect of a successful father, Naveen Jain, from his personal experience rightly says, "Being a father has been, without a doubt, my greatest source of achievement, pride and inspiration. Fatherhood has taught me about unconditional love, reinforced the importance of giving back and taught me how to be a better person."
Growing up to be good father is not easy. Noted player Derek Fisher has the following to say in this regard, "Fatherhood will put a man through a lot, but it's a tremendous job, the best in the world - even better than playing basketball."
US president Obama, who has been vote as a role model dad has stressed the quality of unconditional love central to father fatherhood. "Above all, children need our unconditional love, whether they succeed or make mistakes; when life is easy and when life is tough," says Obama.
If there is clarity about the concept of fatherhood, it can be managed with self-learning and self-management for better upbringing of children. “Being a dad is my most important job because it not only affects my children, but their children and many generations to come,” says Mark Dominik, a management science expert.
So, first be crystal clear about fatherhood, learn about it to plan and manage it well. Isn't that hard work? Hard but not impossible!
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