Posted: Jun 12, 2014 7:00 AM
 
Sure, we celebrate Father's Day each year with handmade cards, quirky kid-chosen ties and maybe a special meal. But there is more to being a dad than just one day of the year — and we wanted to see what makes the dad in your life so awesome.
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Everyone has a dad of some sort in their lives — your dad, your spouse's dad, your kids' dad. There is nobody better to fix things, mend your broken heart, boost you up or put you in your place when you've screwed up. What's special about the dad in your life?

Father's day- Amy Norton King
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Amy Norton King shares what's special about her dad. "My daddy is the kind of person who will literally drop everything he is doing to help me," she shares. "He lives an hour away. Twice in the past five years, he has driven to my house after he got off work to help with a flooded basement. Both nights he drove back home around 3:00 in the morning to be home to work the next day. He's amazing," she adds. "I don't know what I'd ever do without him."

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"My dad was a really involved dad when I was little, and we've kept the amazing bond throughout the years," shares Monica Beyer. "He's now a valuable friend who I'm extremely proud to call my dad."

Brian Selander shares his 6-year-old daughter Nara's poem about him.

"My dad is very silly,
he sings and shouts and dances about.
He's very funny all the time
And likes to have whipped cream fights."

Father's Day- Tim Kelloway

"Where do I begin? My husband Tim Kelloway — father to three kids under 5 years old — is literally the best dad ever," says Daniela Syrovy. "Suri, who is 5 years old, and Viiva, who is 4 years old, told him that boys cannot and do not wear pink or have their toenails painted. He took them to a nail salon and had them pick out any color for him and painted his nails a bright red as per their choice," she shares. "He is their primary caregiver and sings karaoke with them and teaches them to wrestle. He's all-around incredible and goes into withdrawal when he's away from them for even a few hours," Syrovy says. "He's also hard-ass when he needs to be teaching things like, 'What do you get when you cry?' And the kids all respond in unison, 'Nothing!' Love the guy. All kids do," she adds.

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Father's day- Michael Arbitman

Michael Arbitman is father to a daughter, Giana — and he is also blind. "When my daughter was born, I looked for parenting classes for the blind," he says. "I found out there was only one school in Chicago that could teach me through a book. I could not learn how to change a diaper by reading, so I created a blind parenting support group on my website, imuneek. Together we exchanged tips and tricks to make sure that I could be the best dad I wanted to be."

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"My father is known to all who know him as an amazing, unassuming person who does whatever he can to help a friend or family member in need," Vivian Eisenstadt shares. "Some of this includes loaning people money, giving free legal services, taking in people and allowing them to live in his house when they are going through a hard time or had their place destroyed by the hurricane, etc. He was an Army reservist and when they wanted to retire him at 65 years old, he fought tooth and nail for them to look the other way while he gave free advice to Army reservists who were being sent on two to three active duties." Her father has also been the primary caregiver for her mother, who has suffered from advanced Parkinson's for years. "He bathes her, clothes her and feeds her, caring more about her health than his own. He makes sure to take her out to events, whether it be a Broadway show or museum. He is 78 and has his own issues including no neck muscles from radiation from lymphoma as well as low back pain and wrist arthritis, and he is truly a sight pushing my mother around with his neck brace on," she adds. "He is a truly incredible person who does his good without any fanfare."

Father's Day- Dan
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Steven's favorite dad just happens to be his brother-in-law, Dan. "Why do I think he is amazing?" Steven asks. "He is a stay-at-home dad, who manages to substitute teach. His wife, my sister, is the breadwinner of the family and I know this creates tension for her mother-in-law, but Dan takes it all in stride and handles the tension well. It is not easy for a proud Italian mom to watch her Italian son be a stay-at-home dad with an Irish wife who makes a great living," he shares. "He has managed to raise three amazing, beautiful kids that I have seen unaffected by all the negative issues you read about today with teens, social media and the new challenges of growing up. In fact, his kids — my nieces and nephews — are people I admire as well for being so level-headed," he adds.

Father's Day- Jessica Watson
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Jessica Watson's dad was there for her during a rough time — and still is today. "My dad is amazing," she shares. "He has not only been a dad to me but to my daughter who came into our family when I was far too young to be a mom. I've never worried about my daughter having a strong male role model because my dad has been there for us both since the day she was born," she says. "She calls him Papa and I call him Dad but he's so much more than that to both of us."

Father's Day- Brenda Christensen
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"My husband is the most amazing and awesome dad ever," shares Brenda Christensen. "He quit his C-level job in computer security (he was a leader in the field, working on HIPAA and addressing Congress and DOD on computer security) to stay home and take care of our special needs daughter with autism full time."

Stephanie Freeman- fathers day
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"My dad, Daniel Porter, is an incredible dad," shares Stephanie Freeman. "He has done many great things for me throughout my life, but I would like to share one really amazing thing. My dad is 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighs about 140 pounds, so he is a thin man. He was also this size when I was about 8 years old and had to make a village to represent the New World and how it may have looked in the 1400s," she remembers. "I made my village out of mounds of mud and rock. I put large rocks around my 'mountain' and a very large rock inside of it. Then, I surrounded the rest of the village with large rocks, dirt and mud to make it look more real. I put my masterpiece of heavy rocks and dirt on a piece of thick plywood." Freeman remembers her dad taking the morning off work, just to help her carry the project to school. "Thirty-six years later, I can still see my dad carrying that massive structure from the truck all the way down the hall to my classroom," she says. "He carried it with pride, and I felt like my village was the best because my dad gave it such special treatment. He still does things like that today even though he is 75 years old. I love my incredible dad."

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