They say the first man in every girl’s life is her father, and for me, this was certainly true.
I was blessed with a good father. It’s not just that he provided for our family and created a safe home for me to grow up in where all of my needs were met. Although I’m certainly grateful for those things, because I know they aren’t necessarily a given for every child – it was so much more.
I have one of those “tough love, soft place to land, number one fan, you-can-do-anything, play on the floor, ice cream for breakfast” kind of dads. My dad was truly the most important person in my world, and growing up I could hardly imagine a scenario in which he wouldn’t know exactly what to do. Let’s just be honest, I still have trouble imagining it.
I have a dad who has always encouraged me to be the best version of myself; who believed that I could do anything and pushed me out of my comfort zone to help me grow and learn. It wasn’t always easy growing up with a dad who was also a teacher, because let’s face it – for teachers, absolutely everything becomes a “learning opportunity”. And yet, even when I had no desire to learn whatever lesson or skill I was being presented with, I still always knew that it came from a place of love; from a place of wanting me to be equipped for the challenges of life.
When I think about the individuals in my life who have had the biggest impact on shaping the person I have become, bar none, my dad is one of the most influential people. Not only have I followed in his footsteps as an educator, his is the opinion that continues to matter most. And while I’ve become a much more independent person, and now rely on other important people in my life for guidance and feedback as well, I can hardly fathom making any sort of big life change without running it past my dad for advice first.
And it’s not because I’m not equipped to make tough decisions myself, or because I necessarily need to be validated my paths and opinions. It’s because he is my mentor, in so many ways, and I want his advice. He is that positive influence in my life who has been there for me through thick and thin – and even when we disagree, I know that I can trust that whatever advice he gives, it comes from a place of wanting the very best for me.
I am so grateful for my great dad. I’m so lucky that the first man in my life remains my number one fan, and that I was blessed with a built-in mentor who continues to challenge my thinking, push me out of my comfort zone, and be that soft place to land when the world feels hard and unkind. Having someone like my dad to look up to has truly shaped so much of who I am as a both a teacher and a mom, and I don’t underestimate the very important role that positive mentors can play in the lives of kids.
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I’m excited to be partnering with Boston Pizza to raise awareness for their Boston Pizza Foundation Future Prospects campaign, and their awesome initiative in providing kids with opportunities to meet and engage with positive role models in communities all across Canada.
For every $2 Paper Heart purchase you will receive a $5 off $25 coupon as a thank-you for supporting the foundation. To make additional donations to this worthwhile cause, please visit www.bostonpizza.com .
Additionally, if you’re looking for a fun way to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your loved ones, head on over to your local Boston Pizza on February 14th to enjoy a heart-shaped pizza and a selection of Valentine’s Day dessert specials! #ad
Spread the love this Valentines by treating the special people in your life, while making a difference by providing mentorship opportunities for kids in your community.
Who are some important role models and mentors in your life? I would love to hear your stories this Valentine’s Day!