Fathers play an important role in a child’s life. They have a major influence on children’s emotional and cognitive capabilities. Dads also encourage kids to risks and help to push them out of their comfort zones. And of course, dads teach their kids valuable life lessons. Although my dad wasn’t always a part of my life, I learned several life lessons from other father figures such as my uncles.

The main lesson that I learned from my uncles was to value family over everything. They were committed family men who worked hard at their jobs and even harder at home to play and active role in their children’s lives. They participated in school activities, youth sports, and church functions. I was most impressed that my uncles always made time to have dinner with their families. No matter how tired they were from work, it was a requirement that all family members have dinner together. I think this rule started with my grandparents, but they carried on the tradition. I continue the tradition my making sure that my family eats together every night. We turn off the TV, put away the cell phones, and enjoy reconnecting with one another.

My uncles remain a valuable part of my life. I can call them up when I need advice or support. And they continue to share their fatherly wisdom with me. Sometimes they even invite me over for dinner.

To celebrate father’s and all of the valuable things they teach us,I’ve partnered with Sheaffer to encourage people to share the lessons they learner from their dads. As part of the promotion, one Mocha Dad reader will get the opportunity to win a Sheaffer Scuderia Ferrari Collection writing instrument ($60.00 retail value). To enter the giveaway, answer the following question in the comments section:

What lessons did you learn from your dad (or other father figure)?

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Mocha Dad’s “Lessons From Dad Fathers Day Giveaway: Win a Sheaffer Scuderia Ferrari Collection Fountain Pen Giveaway” starts on Thursday, June 13, 2013 and ends on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 11:59 a.m. (CST), and is open to all Mocha Dad readers, subscribers, and/or fans 18 years old and older in the continental U.S. No purchase required. Relatives and employees of Mocha Dad Media are not eligible to win. You are also ineligible if you’ve won a prize from this website within the past 30 days. One (1) winner will be chosen via and announced soon after the ending date. You must leave your contact information to collect your prize. If a winner does not respond within 3 days, a new winner will be chosen. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received compensation and/or one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” All opinions are my own. Total prize value is $60. Allow 3-6 weeks for giveaway fulfillment.