It’s About Being There… A Lot

How do you get through to your kids? How do you show them what’s right? How can you make sure they know how much you care about them? That you’re there for them?

The answer is simple: You can be there. A lot. There is a joke that the word “love” is actually spelled “T-I-M-E.” It’s true. We’ve talked before about the importance of quantity over quality. There will be less pressure on “finding the words” if you are having an ongoing, regular conversation with your son. There will be less pressure on letting your daughter know you care, if you are showing her how much you care by your presence, by prioritizing your time with her over everything else.

A comedian gets better the more stage time they have. A baseball player gets better for every at bat. A writer gets better for the hours they put in. So it goes with any kind of mastery and so it goes with parenting. Put in the time. Be there. 

Being a great dad is not just about pivotal moments. It’s not this one instance where you reach them. It’s not this one split second where you save them from stepping into traffic. It’s not just providing for them or getting them into a great school so they can get ahead in life. It might also be those things, but it is mainly, and mostly, the day to day T-I-M-E. It’s the modeling, each morning and each moment, of what being a good person looks like. It’s the showing, each time you see them, that you care, that they’re important, that they are loved. 

It’s about being there. A lot.

P.S. This was originally sent on August 28, 2020. Sign up today for the Daily Dad’s email and get our popular 11 page eBook, “20 Things Great Dads Do Everyday.”

Sign Up to get our FREE email.
One piece of timeless parenting advice, delivered daily.

Sign Up to get our eBook

“20 Things Great Dads Do Everyday”



Recent Posts



We’re going to tackle all the big themes of our time and of all time: Grit. Resilience. Curiosity. Compassion. Character. Unconditional love. Finding purpose. Dealing with stress. Masculinity. Female empowerment. Loss. Stillness. Truthfulness. Initiative. Creativity. Passion. Family. Fun.

Join Daily Dad now and tap into a community of dads all over the world dedicated to becoming the very best dad they can be. you’ll get a daily meditation on the above themes and more.