By Patrick Patterson

Recently I picked our girls up from school and in my normal fashion I asked “How was your Day”? Our oldest answered with the normal . . “it was good” and she went on to share all kinds of details about what made it so good. I asked my youngest and she just started crying like crazy. My heart started pounding, but as hard at it was, I remained calm and asked . . “what’s up baby girl . . what’s going on?” She went on to share that another parent called her a “meanie” and yelled at her for not being what she called “nicer” to her daughter. Thank God there were no police around, because I made the most illegal turn in US history to go back to the school to address the parent and the matter. There were several issues to address, and I addressed them one by one. Long story short, the parent apologized to my daughter and I … meanwhile our daughters were in another room playing together.

Our girls are 10 and 8 now, but since they were babies I’ve always promised them that “if there’s ever a problem at school or anywhere . . let Daddy know and I’ll take care of the adults . . you remain a child”.

After handling the matter, I took my girls out to dinner and thanked them both for sharing that there was a problem, as Daddy had instructed a long while ago. We came home, shared the whole ordeal with mommy, did our normal bedtime routine and ALL was perfect in the world again.

The next morning, I woke up to a note from my daughter that read “Thank You for Keeping Your Promise Daddy … You are my Hero” At that moment, I felt all sort of emotions … but the one that stuck out most was, Peaceful that God let me experience it all. My prayer is to always be there for my wife and girls. On this day, God showed me, once again, that our wives and kids our counting on us to be present and accounted for at all times . . and most importantly, to Keep Our Promises. Thank You Lord! 

Posted by Fathers Incorporated

Fathers Incorporated (FI) is a national, non-profit organization working to build stronger families and communities through the promotion of Responsible Fatherhood. Established in 2004, FI has a unique seat at the national table, working with leaders in the White House, Congress, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Family Law, and the Responsible Fatherhood Movement. FI works collaboratively with organizations around the country to identify and advocate for social and legislative changes that lead to healthy father involvement with children, regardless of the father’s marital or economic status, or geographic location. From employment and incarceration issues, to child support and domestic violence, FI addresses long-standing problems to achieve long-term results for children, their families, the communities, and nation in which they live.

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