Fathers and Their Children

Meridian, Idaho

Happy Father’s Day to all the fathers out there!

A father’s role in his child’s life is so critical. Too often our society places too much emphasis on only the mother’s role. Both parents can and should provide valuable life lessons and help build healthy self-esteem.

I heard this song (Daughters by John Mayer) while driving the other day. It seems appropriate to listen to it on Father’s Day because it warns of the effects of an absent father. While the song is about daughters, the song’s message applies to both sons and daughters–the importance of a father’s presence and role in his children’s lives.


Daughters

I know a girl
She puts the color inside of my world
But she’s just like a maze
Where all of the walls all continually change
And I’ve done all I can
To stand on her steps with my heart in my hands
Now I’m starting to see
Maybe it’s got nothing to do with me

Fathers, be good to your daughters
Daughters will love like you do
Girls become lovers who turn into mothers
So mothers, be good to your daughters too

Oh, you see that skin?
It’s the same she’s been standing in
Since the day she saw him walking away
Now she’s left
Cleaning up the mess he made

So fathers, be good to your daughters
Daughters will love like you do
Girls become lovers who turn into mothers
So mothers, be good to your daughters too

Boys, you can break
You’ll find out how much they can take
Boys will be strong
And boys soldier on
But boys would be gone without the warmth from
A woman’s good, good heart

On behalf of every man
Looking out for every girl
You are the god and the weight of her world

So fathers, be good to your daughters
Daughters will love like you do
Girls become lovers who turn into mothers
So mothers, be good to your daughters too