I recently attended my daughter’s graduation at Miami University, and while I was filled with pride celebrating her accomplishments, I could not help but to think about how fast these years have passed. As our children grow, these important moments seem to fly by one after the next. On that day I began to reflect on the joyous occasion of my first-born’s graduation from college, and as she received her diploma, my alma mater now became my daughter’s alma mater.
This Father’s Day weekend, I will spend time thinking about all of the timeless moments throughout our lives as my daughter grew into the adult she is today. Fatherhood is an honor that I am incredibly fortunate to experience each day.
Often this honor is neglected, leaving too many children throughout our state with a void during the most pivotal years of their lives. As Chairman of the Ohio Commission on Fatherhood, I know the irreplaceable role fathers play in their children’s upbringing and we have made great strides to ensure that fatherhood is given the respect and attention it deserves in Ohio.
Our work at the Ohio Commission on Fatherhood continually stresses that fatherhood is an honor never to be taken for granted. It is something we as fathers must recommit ourselves to every single day. The bond between a father and child is the driving force behind the Commission and we are dedicated to bettering the lives of Ohio’s children by helping fathers become better parents, partners and providers.
Last month I attended the 2016 Ohio Fatherhood Summit. This year’s theme was “Compassion, Connectivity and Celebration,” all of which are central to the foundation of fatherhood. We must live the theme of the 2016 Ohio Fatherhood Summit by filling our hearts with compassion and committing ourselves to our children. Through compassion, connectivity and celebration we can come together to help all children throughout Ohio.
On this Father’s Day it is important to recognize the countless men who take the honor and responsibility of being a father to heart every single day. Enjoy this special day with your children and family and cherish the moments that make fatherhood a blessing.
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Senator Bill Beagle serves the people of Ohio’s 5th Senate District, which includes Miami and Preble Counties as well as portions of Montgomery and Darke Counties. Viewpoints expressed in the article are the work of the author. The Daily Advocate does not endorse these viewpoints or the independent activities of the author.