Wednesday Wisdom – The Heart of a Father

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Photo used by permission via Flickr Creative Commons

I was surfing the web when I came across this quote that really touched my heart:

Until you have a son of your own… you will never know the joy, the love beyond feeling that resonates in the heart of a father as he looks upon his son. You will never know the sense of honor that makes a man want to be more than he is and to pass something good and hopeful into the hands of his son. And you will never know the heartbreak of the fathers who are haunted by the personal demons that keep them from being the men they want their sons to be. – Kent Nerburn

I often ask myself, “Am I the man I want my sons to be?” Most of the time the answer is a resounding “Yes,” but those personal demons that Nerburn spoke of often rear their ugly heads. Sure, I’ve made many mistakes in my life and some of them have been whoppers, but my past mistakes will pale in comparison to the mistake I would make if I failed to teach my sons the manhood lessons they need to be strong, productive men.

My sons make me want to be a better man and I hope that my example makes them want to do the same.

Stay Strong,
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Frederick J. Goodall

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