Men, good men: We need you. We—mothers, daughters, and sisters—need your help to raise healthy young women. We need every ounce of masculine courage and wit you own, because fathers, more than anyone else, set the course for a daughter’s life. Your daughter needs the best of who you are: your strength, your courage, your intelligence, and your fearlessness. She needs your empathy, assertiveness, and self-confidence. She needs you.
– Meg Meeker, MD excerpt from Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters
I love celebrating this guy, especially on Father’s Day. When we found out we were having a girl, he bought/read Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters. When she was born, she had to be taken to the NICU and he didn’t leave her side. And for selfish reasons, I am a happier mom because of him.
Minus the first Father’s Day when Blythe was an infant intubated in the hospital – blaaaaah!! – we have a tradition to take some pictures of the two of them and then take our man out for some hot wings. Cheers to the baby daddies out there doing their best and making the world a better place. We need you.