Holiday residents share their secrets to successful fatherhood
Who can be a teacher, provider, comedian, coach, leader and friend all at the same time? That’s right—a dad! From building a tree house to wiping away tears on a tough day to cheering from the sidelines, a father takes on a seemingly endless number of roles for his family.
Whether he's your biological father or the paternal figure in your life who took the job without question, at Holiday Retirement, we know there’s a special spot in your heart reserved for the man who has done so much for you.
And that raises the real question—how do dads do it all? A few of the “super fathers” at Holiday Retirement communities provided these answers:
Bruce Suddaby, 88, of Lake Ridge Village says his secret was teaching his children personal responsibility, both on his own and through popular youth programs. “I’ve always felt the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts were important to all kids,” said Suddaby. “And even though I worked hard, I tried to take time with my kids, too. We would often go to the mountains, and I would show them how to survive in the woods.”
William Chaffin, 80, of Golden Oaks is a father to four, a grandfather to 13 and a great-grandfather to 16 (wow!). He credits successful fatherhood to “being there when and where [he is] needed” and teaching his children “to believe in themselves.”
Bill Burkle, 84, also of Lake Ridge Village, says he lives by example. “My kids learned how to take care of one another and their parents by watching me do the same.”
There are so many reasons to thank the fathers in your life for their unconditional love and support. This Father’s Day, think about how to spend more time with your dad, and get in touch with us to learn more about Holiday Retirement communities. Helping to coordinate senior housing for your father might just be the perfect way to say “thanks, dad!”