T oday is Father’s Day. Today is the day we honor all dads, but especially those who stand on principle in the face of adversity — those who are models of courage, conviction and character for their families.

I was one of the lucky ones. The lessons my father taught me have been a rock in my life for as long as I can remember. He is gone now, but here are a few of his favorite ‘father phrases.’

• Definition of a father: A son’s first hero. A daughter’s first love.

• Far too many sons know that it is much easier to become a father than to be a father.

• Stepdads step up, when bio-dads step down.

• Your child will follow your example, not your advice.

• When you teach your son, you teach your son’s son.

• By the time a man realizes that his father was right, he likely has a son who thinks he is wrong.

• It doesn’t matter who your father was, it matters who you remember he was.

• It is not possible for anyone to love a girl more than her father does.

• What you teach your children, you also teach to their children.

• It is far easier for a father to have children than for children to have a father.

• A daughter needs a dad that will stand with her on the day she marries

the man she hopes will be just like her father.

• The reason a daughter loves her dad so much is that she knows there is at least one man in the world who will never hurt her.

• A real father is a man who expects his son to aspire to be the man he meant to be.

• I would love for all daughters to be able to see themselves as their fathers see them. Only then would they understand how wonderfully special they are to him.

• There is no need in childhood as strong as the need for a father’s protection.

• Often it is the poorest man who leaves his children the richest inheritance.

Good fathers are the result of good fathering. Sons of good fathers become good fathers. Daughters of good fathers marry good fathers. Being a good dad is the ultimate legacy to pass on to your children.

Happy Father’s Day.

Opinions offered in If I Were King are the author’s alone and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the Tri-County Times or its staff. Email the King at Some content adapted from the internet.

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