Thank You Dad


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During the Olympics, world-class athletes expressed their appreciation for their mothers during the Procter & Gamble “Thank You, Mom” campaign. While moms deserve all of the credit that they get, fathers also need to receive words of encouragement for all of their hard work and dedication to their families.

Dads are much more involved in their children’s lives, but they don’t always get the thanks they deserve. Dads not only make major contributions to child care, household chores, and family finances, but they also help their kids to navigate their private and online lives (click to view the Modern Day Dad Infographic for more info). Therefore, it’s important to recognize dads for their unwavering dedication to their families.

Although my father wasn’t an active part of my life, I had family members and men in the community who stepped in to be surrogate dads when I needed them the most. I’d like to take a moment and thank these men for impacting my life:

Thank you Uncle Ellis for helping my mom care for me.

Thank you Uncle Manson for teaching me the importance of family.

Thank you Uncle Mose for showing me how to stand up for my beliefs.

Thank you Mr. Brown for teaching me how to tie a tie.

Thank you Rev. West for helping me to develop a spiritual foundation.

Thank you Mr. Randall for nurturing my love of art.

Thank you Grandpa for teaching me the values of hard work and leadership.

Thank you Mr. Richard for teaching me the importance of writing and speaking well.

Thank you Bill Rinks for teaching me how to assert myself.

Thank you Dr. Washington for helping me academically and financially during college.

Thank you Ken Davis for loving my mother and helping her to raise my sister and me.

Make sure to let the dads in your life know how much you appreciate them. They may forget the gifts they receive for Father’s Day, but they will never forget how you made them feel.

Procter & Gamble wants to help you recognize what makes your dad unique by making a poster based on how you fill in the blank in the statement, “My dad is the #WorldsGreatest __________!” To be considered for the poster, go to Procter & Gamble’s Thank You Mom Facebook page and share your message. You can also tweet your message using the #worldsgreatest hashtag @ThankYouMom.

Stay Strong,






Disclosure: This post is a part of the Procter & Gamble #worldsgreatest dad promotion

About Author

Frederick J. Goodall is the founder of Mocha Dad - a parenting website focused on fatherhood. He is passionate about parenting and helping men to be great dads, husbands, and role models. You can contact him at or on Twitter at

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