Of course, you have to be one of best athletes in the world just to compete. They may not know how to change the time on a DVD player or know where the United Nations are located, but that doesn’t matter. These Olympians worked on their craft, fell, got back up again, and never gave up.
Thank goodness there are no Father Olympics! Being a Dad is not a competition, it is a serious responsibility which should also be a great joy. We all have different styles, go at different speeds, differ in our goals, and we often miss the mark. There are no standard maneuvers we must accomplish or times to beat. But just like an Olympic athlete, a dad should work on his craft, realize he will fall, get back up again, and never give up! We just try to be the best dad we can for each kid we have.
Being a good father does not have the glory of an Olympic champion. The entire world won’t know of your accomplishments, but the rewards can easily be the equal of an Olympic champion. The stage is smaller but the purpose is much larger. Hopefully, there is no one competing with you as Dad. There will be no Silver or Bronze Medal winners. Your judges are your children. If you are involved with them, show your love, really care, teach them and support them, you will win the ‘Gold Medal of Fathering’ in their eyes and be their own personal T.J. Oshie. You don’t have to be elite at anything!
The 7 Rings represent The Seven BE’s of Being a Dad from an earlier article posted on the National Fatherhood Initiative’s Blog below: