From time to time I’m fortunate enough to be invited to join sponsored campaigns, brands offering goods and/or compensation for help in spreading their message, often about a new product or service they are providing. By far my favorite one that I have worked on was last Father’s Day, partnering with Pampers and Life of Dad on something called #ThanksBaby, a post all about that incredible feeling that our children bring into our lives, thanking them for making us feel exceptionally special and empowering us to discover new roles in life through fatherhood.
It was my favorite because I love the idea of turning Father’s Day around. I don’t need cards or ties or pats on the back for being a good dad, I’m just muddling through, doing the best that I can, for better or worse. It’s all any of us are doing. I don’t need a day of appreciation for that but I like the idea of taking time to appreciate my kids, to thank them for making me continually strive to be a better person, a better father.
It was my favorite last year, and may be my favorite again this year, as I’ve been asked once again to contribute my thoughts. This Father’s Day and everyday, Pampers is celebrating that incredible feeling little ones bring to the hearts of dads through unconditional love.
It’s a concept that has been on my mind a lot lately. We live in a dark world, a scary time. It’s hard to watch the news anymore, to browse online or to check your phone. It’s a time dominated by headlines of bombings, shootings, wars, nonstop bickering about who’s to blame, what needs to be done. Maybe it’s always been this way, maybe I’ve just never noticed, never paid attention, but it feels like a time of such unmitigated hate. It’s easy to feel down, to question where we are as a society, to wonder why we bother.
It’s hard until I come downstairs on a Saturday morning and see this. It’s a simple picture, nothing more than a little girl watching cartoons. Yes, she’s sitting too close, television is bad for kids, blah, blah, blah. What I see when I look at this picture is innocence. I see a little girl who wants nothing more than to love and to be loved in return. My heart swells.
Eventually her sister will make her way downstairs and they’ll hug, they’ll laugh, they’ll play. For a brief period in time the teenager will forget about school, forget about boys and friends and drama. Forget about the world. She’ll forget about everything but the unconditional love that one sister feels for another. I’ll watch from afar and I’ll smile, enjoying just watching.
I want to thank my children for loving each other, for loving me. For being a constant reminder of all that is good, sweet and innocent in this world.
Enjoy Father’s Day. Spend it with your family, the ones you love, the ones that make you who you are. Take a minute and reflect. Think about that first time you held them, the first time they smiled, the first time they told you that they loved you. Tell them how much you love them and thank them for the unconditional love that they give in return.
Share your story with us. Instagram a picture of the ones that you love, tweet out a short story. Tell us about how Father’s Day makes you thankful for the unconditional love of your children using the #ThanksBaby.
Pampers has released a new #ThanksBaby video that captures the amazing relationship that is created between a dad and his baby when a baby is born and the beautiful journey of fatherhood begins.
I have partnered with Life of Dad and Pampers on this post. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.