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Fabulous Fathers

17 May 2023

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With Father’s Day on Sunday 18th June this year we celebrate all things ‘Dad’ and with the recent Coronation, the country finds itself with a new patriarch.

Fathers are amazing! Living at home or living away, alive or no longer with us, happy or sad, every dad matters and has a huge influence on their kids’ development. This includes step-dads and other important father figures in children’s lives.
They can turn from superhero protectors one moment, into dodgy embarassments the next, all the while being an all-night taxi service and a constant emergency cashpoint. So this June it’s hurrah for dads, as we’ve searched out some fatherly advice to sons and other fathers from noteable figures:


“It takes quite a man to remain attractive and to be loved by a woman who has heard him snore, seen him unshaven, tended him while he was sick and washed his dirty underwear. Do that and keep her still feeling a warm glow and you will know some very beautiful music.”
Ronald Reagan, to his son Mike
“[Love] is an outpouring of everything good in you — of kindness and consideration and respect — not only the social respect of manners but the greater respect which is recognition of another person as unique and valuable. [It] can release in you strength, and courage and goodness and even wisdom you didn’t know you had.”
John Steinbeck, to his son Thom

“I’ve always followed my father’s advice: he told me, first to always keep my word and, second, to never insult anybody unintentionally. If I insult you, you can be sure I intend to. And, third, he told me not to go around looking for trouble. ” John Wayne, on his father

“You give them unconditional love, and then you give them some structure and some rules, and they usually turn out really, really well.”
- Barack Obama

“Don’t wear white.”

“When it comes time, always tell the truth. Don't try to hide nothing. Don't try to sugarcoat too much because if [people] don't find the truth from you, they'll never trust you.”
O’Shea Jackson, Ice Cube’s son

“My daughter and I speak about having the confidence to believe in your own journey and not to follow others. We speak about that a lot — confidence and belief, and not following anyone else’s shine, but rather following your own shine...It’s really important to have that self-belief and that self-heartbeat,”
Idris Elba

"Just do the dirty work, man. You gotta do the diapers. You gotta do the middle of the night thing...A human being will exit your wife, so she's done enough. Just change the diapers and do all that stuff,” Ryan Reynolds

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