July 23, 2017

Dads: Thanks for All You Do this Father’s Day

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Minute Maid®. All opinions are 100% mine.dirk - readingLast month, I shared with you a post letting you know that, yup, you’re doing a good job as a parent, even when it feels like you’re not. I have a middle-schooler, so there are many days when I feel like I’m failing as a parent. But then, she lets me know in little ways that she cares. Some days it’s as simple as doing her own laundry (after refusing multiple times).

With Father’s Day coming up this Sunday, I wanted to talk about dads. Unfortunately, the kids and I won’t be with my husband / their dad (Dirk) on Father’s Day since we will already be on our cross-country road trip. But, he’ll be on our minds and we’ll be thinking about all the good he does, like:

Coaching Sport After Sport. Dirk has 15+ team photos on the built-in bookshelves in his home office. He’s coached every one of our kids in soccer, has managed more than one soccer team and was the assistant basketball coach for our middle daughter. He loves their extra time together as a coach.

Remembering Every Birthday, Anniversary, Celebration, etc. He may have added every key date into his Outlook Calendar, but still he remembers to pick up cards, send flowers and buy gifts. He’s as thoughtful as they come when it comes to celebrations and special days.


Allowing Us to Cross the Country on Our Own. Dirk knew I wanted to take the kids on a big trip to show the kids national parks, big cities, wild west towns. He never hesitated when I said I wanted to explore the country with them because he knew the benefits they’d gain from the travel and exploration.

Meeting Us Out on the Road. Even though we’ll be mostly on our own, Dirk will be with us for two weeks to raft the Grand Canyon, hike in Yosemite and take selfies at the Golden Gate Bridge. I love that he just says “Tell me where you need me to be and when” so he can vacation with the kids, too.

Being a Splash Master. Dirk isn’t one of those dads that sits by the swimming pool. He’s all in, all the time, splashing, playing, throwing the kids around in the water. He’s way better than me, and such a great dad when it comes to pool time (and fortunately, we’ll be stopping at many hotel pools along the way!).

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I don’t know whether or not Dirk thinks he’s doing a good job as a dad, but in my eyes, he’s doing a great job. No question. Despite a busy workday and chores at home (cutting the grass, always a favorite), he always makes time for family. He works as hard as he can to do a good job for his kids.

Minute Maid® thinks he’s doing a good job, too. Check out this new video from my partner Minute Maid®. Share it with the friends and family in your life who could use a reminder that they, too, are doing a great job as a parent.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Minute Maid®.

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