Anyone can father a child, but being a dad takes a lifetime. Fathers play a role in every child’s life that cannot be filled by others. This role can have a large impact on a child and help shape him or her into the person they become. Hence, it is rightly said that fathers are the strength behind the upbringing of a child. The Daughters adore their fathers and search for the same loving personality in the man they fall in love with. The sons are inspired by their fathers for the strength and support they receive in abundance from the fathers and father figures in their lives. Even for the grown ups, fathers will remain to be looked up to for wisdom and advice that is in the best of interest. Hence it becomes our responsibility to pay their due respect and tribute not just on Father’s Day but every other day of our lives. We bring you some beautiful thoughts from a few men who have shared how their fathers shaped their lives and what fatherhood means to them.

Our friends and family play a large role in who we are today, and who we will be in the future. The biggest influence may come from our family, and for me it is my father. He is a person of great character and integrity.

He has shaped me into the person I am today by teaching me about respect, responsibility, self-belief, and anything worth having taken a lot of hard work. He has given me the sky to fly, he is the winds beneath my wings.

– Baldeep Singh

When we talk about kids we always talk about mothers and their sacrifices, but no one talks about fathers and their support to fulfil our dreams.

For a son, the father can play like a kid, give advice like a friend and protect like a bodyguard. For daughter, father is her first hero. Father is a pillar under whose roof the whole family feels secure, thrives, and grows happily. A father faces all the difficulties and challenges of life without letting us know anything about it. I have always been close to my dad and never stayed away from him. But the day he dropped me in the hostel, I felt how important he is to me and how much I am dependent on him.

– Ravi Kochhar

I think being a father is the greatest gift of God. When I look at my daughters looking up to me as their superhero, it motivates me to be the best version of myself. I think being a good dad is to simply love our kids for who they are unconditionally. To be their safe “place”.

Most special memory with my dad:

I remember when I was a kid, my dad would take us to the fairs, get us candy, balloons etc. And how my siblings and I used to look forward to going to those fairs. Every time he came home, he would bring us candies. Those were simpler times than today’s times, but I guess the joy of being a father is the same.

I don’t think being a father is an easy job, but I do think being a good father comes naturally to you when you embrace each and every moment.

Watching my girls grow and do new things each day fills my heart with love and pride. It takes a lot of patience, perseverance, and love. We are all human and sometimes it gets tiring and overwhelming, but in the end, it’s all worth it.

– Sunny Chhabra

Being a father means being loyal, honest, and strong no matter if times are good or bad. It’s setting an example and being everything your child needs you to be, whenever they need it. It’s the most important duty a man can hold.

Fathers teach important skills like confidence, resilience, respect, and kindness to their children. It is extremely important that as fathers teach their children about values, they also focus on teaching and modelling self-confidence, resilience, respect, and kindness.

Children who grow up with involved fathers experience better mental, emotional, educational, and social outcomes.

Watching your kid grow up to be their own person is amazing seeing their interests, personality, and character develop is something a lot of father’s treasure. Seeing him learn and grow, develop his sense of humour and self, and seeing the world through his eyes when we experience things as a family.

A dad’s role is to be there for their children in every way they need their dad. A dad’s role is to provide loving, caring support that helps the child flourish as they grow into a mentally healthy, stable adulthood.

– Kanwardeep Ahluwalia