Great dads in history

Great dads can be found from all walks of life and from all eras in history. This page will highlight many great dads and what made them great dads.

In an age when many parents, especially teenage fathers and fathers-to-be, shirk responsibility at the first sign that the going is getting rough, it’s so refreshing to see a young man do just the opposite. As reported by Jim McCrabb of the Middletown Journal (see “Father of 14, Now a College Graduate”), […]

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Good to see a couple of dads sticking by their sons despite what others may think about them or their sons… University of Louisville mens basketball coach Rick Pitino flew to Minneapolis, Minnesota on an off day this past weekend to watch his son coach the Gophers mens basketball team […]

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Heartwarming story about a dad who converted his daughter’s wheelchair into a carriage for Halloween. http://www.lex18.com/news/making-a-difference-father-makes-special-halloween-carriage-for-daughter/ What amazes me about this story is that the girl is only expected to live until the age of ten.    It must be incredibly painful to know that your child’s life will most likely […]

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If there is an official Little League Hall of Fame, then Joey Hall out of Tualatin, Oregon ought to be enshrined in it.  For 19 years Hall has coached one daughter after another in Little League softball, an amazing accomplishment that speaks to his dedication as a father. I’ve coached […]

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One of the biggest internal battles I have with myself when I’m deciding whether or not to grant permission for one of my kids to engage in some activity is whether I’m basing my decision on my love and concern for my child’s well being, or whether I’m afraid of […]

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The local paper features an “Ask Amy” advice column.  Today’s question was from a divorced dad asking how to get back into the dating scene.  What impressed me was that the dad recognized that he can’t ignore the needs of his child to pursue companionship.  The last couple lines of […]

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You know you’ve got a great dad when you name him as your mentor, as actor/comedian Steve Harvey did in an interview with Parade Magazine this week. http://www.parade.com/celebrity/sunday-with/2013/02/17-steve-harvey-on-family-fashion-being-funny.html I also loved how he talked about being a father to his children.  Despite his success and fame, it’s a priority for […]

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As I was out for a run Saturday morning, I saw a dad being great with his little boy. As I rounded a corner I found a dad out playing basketball in his driveway with his little boy.  The boy couldn’t have been more than maybe four years old.  It […]

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I’m looking forward to reading this new book, In Search of Fatherhood: Daughters Praising, Speaking Up, Talking Back. Author Kevin Renner interviews 50 women of all ages, from all parts of the world, from a variety of backgrounds to learn what kind of impact their fathers had in their lives.  […]

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I don’t know how single parents do it.  It’s hard enough to raise kids with two parents, let alone by ones self.  I can’t imagine how my family would manage without my wife doing the things she does.   Plus she’s always there to make up for where I fall […]

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