Lessons We’ve Learned From Our Dads

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Dear Dad, thanks for picking me up when I fell off my bike and for picking up the pieces of my heart after my first break up. No matter how old I get, I'll always be your little girl. Happy Father's Day to our dads and the rest of the fathers out there! XO, Bloguettes

They taught us how to ride our bikes and then picked us up when we fell off. They put us on their shoulders so we could see above the crowd. And when it came time for dating, they stood there at the door eyeing our boyfriends to see if they were truly gentlemen of good character. Ever since we were young, our dads have been the ones to wear an “S” on their shirt and never expect a thank you in return.

As a tribute to Father’s Day, we wanted to say thanks to the men who taught us how to stand on our own two feet. No matter how old we continue to get, we’ll always be your little girl.

To our amazing papas, and all the other “Superdads” out there…Happy Father’s Day!

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Sakura, co-founder

What characteristic do you most admire about your dad?

I love & admire his “do it yourself” attitude!

What did your dad teach you about boys?

My dad is a big Irish guy and he seems super intimidating, but he’s actually a big teddy bear. Boys have always been scared of him, but he’s always trusted me in all of my decisions when it comes to boys & life in general. He always let me learn from my mistakes, but he’s always told me to be careful with boys and protect my heart, especially in the beginning stages of dating!

What did your dad teach you about the job world?

My parents both have always told me to do what I love & that I’m passionate about.

What is your fondest memory of you and your dad?

I’ve always been proud of him for all of his accomplishments in the military. He was gone a lot when I was younger and I always missed him when he was away, but he’d always come home from overseas with a big smile and a souvenir or two. I remember attending a couple ceremonies for my dad and my sister & I would always be so proud of him—we look up to him a lot. 🙂

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Amy, creative director

What characteristic do you most admire about your dad?

My dad’s ability to seriously make friends with anyone and everyone. I joke that he can make friends with someone in an elevator. People are drawn to him (I still don’t see it ;)) because of his great and funny personality.

What did your dad teach you about boys?

Not too much, I’d just say that they were a waste of my time. My dad also has a super deep voice, so I’m sure he loved answering the phone when a boy called and scaring them off.

What did your dad teach you about the job world?

To work hard for what you want. My dad is such a hard worker and has worked for the same company since he was 17 years old. He’s very dedicated and has gotten so far in his career because of this.

What is your fondest memory of you and your dad?

There are so many, but I basically just love anytime I get to spend with him. When we lived in the same state, we used to go golfing every Father’s Day and most recently went canoeing. Those are definitely a few of my favorite memories.

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Shanna, editor-in-chief

What characteristic do you most admire about your dad?

My dad is very patient, kind, and honest. He was a lawyer for the majority of his career and he never accepted a case unless he agreed with and believed in his client.

What did your dad teach you about boys?

My dad never said too much about boys. He left that stuff to my mom mostly. But there were a few instances where the conversation of boys came up and his reactions to them were hilarious. When I was dating one of my very first boyfriends, my dad asked me what I liked about him. I told him that I felt comfortable with him and he responded with, “Pillows are comfortable.”

What did your dad teach you about the job world?

My dad unintentionally taught me that it’s never too late to have a career change. He’s been a lawyer his whole life, but recently became a judge. There was an induction ceremony for him and it was very humbling and inspiring to hear people talk about him in such a sincere and positive light. It showed that while he was very good at what he did as a lawyer, people could also see that he could excel at something even greater.

What is your fondest memory of you and your dad?

When I was little, my dad would take me fishing every now and then. For some reason, that image of us fishing together pops into my head. But the most distinct memory I have is something my dad told me whenever I was afraid to do something or start something new. He would always make me repeat after him and say, “My name is Shanna!” (repeat) “I can do anything!” (repeat). Even though we did that when I was a kid, every so often if I have something challenging in my way, he’ll remind me of our little chant.

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Rudé, events director

What characteristic do you most admire about your dad?

He is literally a jack-of-all-trades. That man can do ANYTHING and everything. He really is the most handy, creative and versatile person.

What did your dad teach you about boys?

To not talk to them lol. JK…he taught me that I should make sure the guy I’m with is hard-working. But really the first time I brought a boyfriend home my dad was sharpening knifes at the kitchen table to scare him away…

What did your dad teach you about the job world?

That you have to work hard to get where you want to be. Nothing comes easy. My dad has taught me work ethic since I was very young and I worked as his “assistant” on the very many, different projects he was always doing for extra money throughout school.

What is your fondest memory of you and your dad?

I can’t think of one specific memory but I think more than anything he has helped me with a project. From building my tv console and wine rack, to making the earrings I wanted, to teaching me how to cook the perfect pasta. He always turns things into projects we can do together and where he can teach me more skills. Working on things together always make them more valuable once they are done.

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Allison, creative assistant

What characteristic do you most admire about your dad?

My dad is the definition of a work hard, play hard dude and has the kindest, most giving soul. He has always taught me to stop and smell the roses and enjoy all of life’s simple pleasures.

What did your dad teach you about boys?

When I talk about my boyfriend, he always says, “Well…I loved you FIRRRST!” haha. Daddy is #1 until marriage, but he told me he’ll accept the #2 position when the time comes, but it will be very hard for him.

What did your dad teach you about the job world?

Find something that makes you happy, and you’ll never work a day in your life—but to have it be a job that can support you financially.

What is your fondest memory of you and your dad?

Oh wow…too many of these!! We do lots of activities together: travel, scuba dive, jet ski, bike, etc. all the time. One memory in particular was when I was a little girl. I was probably 5 or 6 years old. We walked down the beach in Cancun for a couple of hours around sunset, holding hands and searching for seashells. My dad remembers it as one of his favorite daddy/daughter moments.

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Karlie, video director

What is a characteristic you most admire about your dad?

The characteristic I admire most about my dad is how hardworking he is. No matter what it takes, he will do everything he can to support his family, and I don’t mean just financially. Yes, he is hardworking in his job to pay the bills, but he is just as equally hardworking when it comes to protecting his family and making sure we all feel secure and happy.

What did your dad teach you about boys?

Haha, well….he definitely has a good share of “old sayings” that are too inappropriate to repeat. But for the clean version, he always taught me to be cautious with boys, don’t let them steer me off my path and dreams, and no matter what, to just be happy.

What did your dad teach you about the job world?

I chuckled reading this question. My parents have owned their own trucking business my whole life and they have always operated the business inside the home, so I was very exposed to the business world and how a company runs. Without direct talks from my dad, I learned things just by listening and watching what problems they had and how they were going to solve them. The biggest lesson I learned from him in the job world is that there is always going to be an issue and you can either let it take you over and give up, or you can stand up, brush it off, and find a solution to your problem and move on.

What is your fondest memory of you and your dad?

My fondest memory of my dad was actually a pretty recent one. On April 29, 2016, I got married to my high school sweetheart, and I had the privilege of being walked down by a man who is not my blood, but has always treated me like I was one of his own. My dad may not be my biological father, but he is MY dad. He is a very rough and tough man. He doesn’t get mushy-gushy, isn’t a fan of pretty weddings (like I am), and has already walked down his own biological daughters down the aisle years ago. But on my big day, he walked me down the aisle with tears in his eyes, talking to me to help calm my nerves as I bawled my eyes out. He helped me feel secure, protected, and loved, just like he has my whole life.

Yes, biological fathers are awesome, but there is something extra special about good stepdads. They swoop in and take on a very hard role, a role that lasts a lifetime and really changes the course of a child’s life. I could never thank my stepdad and all the good stepdads out there enough for being there for us and our moms. Thank you David, if you’re reading this, please always remember how much I love you and Happy Father’s Day!

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Avi, office manager

What characteristic do you most admire about your dad?

He is Super Dad. I admire his devotion and is always looking out for the best things for my siblings and I. After a divorce, a lot of fathers disappear from the lives of their children forever, but my dad always calls us and checks on us to see if everything is alright. I live in Arizona and he lives in Mexico, but he still keeps in touch all the time. My dad calls me every Sunday when he is having lunch with my brother and little sister.

What did your dad teach you about boys?

Quote by my dad, “Boys are stupid, and I know because I am one.” He didn’t really give me any advice about boys. His only advice was “Don’t get pregnant before you graduate from college. Then you can do whatever you want.”

What did your dad teach you about the job world?

“There’s time for everything. When it’s school time, it’s school time. When it’s work time, it’s work time. When it’s party time, it’s party time.” -Avi’s Dad. He was an “A” student and worked and studied at the same time all throughout his high school and college. It’s made me want to do my best and work hard to (hopefully!) get to a higher position than his haha!

What is your fondest memory of you and your dad?

The day I got my “Fotos de Generación” with my college class for my graduation was my best memory. He was so proud of me. I remember he was the only dad who came to the school and was taking pictures with his iPad. I think I saw him crying. He hugged me really hard after the photo shoot.

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Becca, content moderator

What characteristic do you most admire about your dad?

I’ve honestly always been impressed with how much he can get done in a day. He has the best work ethic and set of routines. He’s always the first to wake up and the first to go to bed, he always makes his bed, gets in a workout, and somehow manages to get all of his to-dos done every day. Maybe it’s because he did Basic Training back in the day, but I think it’s just programmed in him naturally!

What did your dad teach you about boys?

He basically taught me that boys are stupid haha.

What did your dad teach you about the job world?

My dad retired from his job as an engineer when I was in like 7th grade, but then he went back to school to get his teaching credentials so he could become a chemistry teacher. I thought that was really admirable, because it just shows he wanted to give back what he learned in the real world to students.

What is your fondest memory of you and your dad?

Probably early morning ski runs! We would go boating a lot in the summer, and my dad lovessss to ski. He would always wake me up early to go to the lake with him & his buddies. I was always so tired and cranky (lol… sorry dad), but the weather was always beautiful and it’s fun watching him do what he loves!

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Brimley, creative assistant

What characteristic do you most admire about your dad?

There are so many things I adore about my dad but one of my favorites is he will do absolutely anything for his family. He is so selfless and caring, always putting our needs before his own. He treats my mom like a queen, setting an example to my brothers how mothers, wives, and sisters need to be treated as well as setting an example to my sisters–not to settle for anything less.

What did your dad teach you about boys?

My dad would always say “You marry who you date” and followed that up with “so don’t date an idiot” or “make sure he’s going to college” or something like that. It was something that stuck with me through all my boyfriends. It just so happens my husband is getting a doctorate degree…and isn’t an idiot. Funny how that worked out 😉

What did your dad teach you about the job world?

My dad is the greatest example of a hard worker. He has taught me that hard work will get you places and people respect those who work hard. He’s also taught me that sometimes jobs don’t work out, but keep trying and working hard to get to the place you want to be with your career .

What is your fondest memory of you and your dad?

When I was a senior in high school, I was unsure about what college to go to. My dad took me on a “college tour” where we toured a few different colleges that I was looking into. I actually didn’t want to go on this college tour but my parents really wanted me to. I ended up having a great time and I loved that weekend with my dad. He was trying so hard to make me have a good time, talk out my options, and make sure the college I chose was the right one for me. It was a time where I was struggling a little bit and didn’t really let anyone in. During that trip I felt so loved by my dad. Without talking about it, he just knew what I needed. Of course I knew my parents loved me, but I felt a different kind of love that trip. My Dad is so loving, kind, and selfless. I feel so blessed to be his daughter.