Get ready for Father’s Day with practical advice from good-old reliable dad.
By Diana Kelly, Prevention
We asked Prevention readers and our fellow staffers to share how their fathers shaped them into the strong, independent women they are today. Find out what they learned and share your comments below!
Sing a little ditty
My dad taught me that you should always have a song in your heart, or at the very least, that there are songs to be sung (and bells to be rung) for every word spoken. He’s like a human juke box, known for his uncanny (and sometimes uncontrollable) ability to break into a few bars of some quirky ditty from the ’40s, an obscure TV jingle, a or a musical theater classic seconds after you utter a string of words that just happens to be in that very tune! Mention that you like Ben & Jerry’s Chunky Monkey ice cream and you’ll be met with, “Aba daba daba daba daba daba dab said the monkey to the chimp.” Need some milk and bananas from the grocery store? You’ll likely hear, “Yes, we have no bananas, we have no bananas today!” I don’t know whether it’s nature or nurture, but I’ve definitely picked up the life-is-better-with-lyrics habit. Guess you could say my heart still belongs to daddy.
–Jenny Sucov, editorial director, Prevention Specials
Honor Mother Earth
My dad taught me so much. He taught me [to] love the earth and enjoy each day to the fullest. He taught me how to express myself in my own creative energies. He taught me how to be proud of myself and my heritage. I can hear his Viking yell now from heaven. Thank you, dad!
–Prevention.com Member Gofergolf
Live an honest, modest life
My dad taught me to be responsible for my actions and to work hard. To help others and to put family first. He taught me to not be wasteful and to live within my means.
–Dianna, Prevention forum host
Stand by your word
The one thing of many that my father taught me was to be honest and trustful and to love my fellow man. And if you said you were going to do something, do it.
–Nancy (Prevention.com Member Alabama 1)