One of my favorite websites, The Art of Manliness ran a great article today about things we learned from our fathers. I wanted to share a few of my favorites from the list:

  • Whenever I struggled or failed, dad would always tell me “Stuck it up and go.”
  • My dad taught me that if you want something done right, you have to do it yourself. It sure gets tiring, but he was right.
  • Never start a fight, but if someone starts one with you, kick their ass and deal with the consequences later. It will teach them a lesson and show everyone that you are not one to push – because you will push back harder.
  • My Dad taught me that your relationships with other people are the most important things in life.
  • It is the role of a father to protect and defend his children, rationally. When times get rough when parenting, as they will, a father needs to be calm, learn all the facts, and act lovingly towards his children no matter what. Reacting emotionally and without details is always the wrong choice.
  • Family dinner is not optional. The time to sit down, turn off the TV, and talk about each other’s day, politics, or anything else builds unity like nothing else. If that means that dinner is served at 8:30 or 9:30 every night, so be it.
  • It is the role of a husband to never speak negatively of his wife. Any man who speaks poorly of his spouse to others is declaring himself a fool.
  • My father once told me, “Don’t ever date a woman whose father called her princess.”

The last 2 are outstanding :)