Creating Summer Memories by Overcoming Fear

Summer is my favorite time of year because it is the one time of year when we can participate in fun, exciting family activities. One of our favorite things to do is travel to new places. These vacations have not only allowed us to experience new cultures, but they’ve also given us opportunities to conquer our fears.

Last year my sons and I took a Mancation – a weekend beach trip with just the guys. Before our trip, my son, X, who was 3-years old, was terrified of the beach. He didn’t like the way the sand felt underneath his feet and he was afraid to get into the water.

At the beach, I held X’s hand and walked him along the shoreline. I slowly guided him towards the water so he could get his feet wet.

“Daddy, I’m scared,” he said trying to pull back.

“Don’t worry,” I said. “I have your hand and Daddy won’t allow anything bad to happen to you.” He squeezed my hand and tentatively stepped forward. All this time, his older brother, N, had been running through the surf. Wanting to keep up with his brother, X stood in the water and allowed a wave to crash into his body. After discovering that it wasn’t as bad as he thought, his courage increased and he ventured towards his brother. Before long, both boys and I were splashing in the water, jumping over waves, and having a great time.

X looked at me with a huge smile on his face and said, “Daddy, I’m not scared anymore.” Those words will be forever etched in my mind. There are few things greater than watching your child overcome a fear (read the rest of the article on my blog at Goldfish Smiles).

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