A Father’s Day Tribute for Dads

Believe it or not we’re already mid-way through June and Father’s Day is just a couple days away! In the midst of our summer adventures and fun vacations, let’s take a moment to let the guys know how much they mean to us with this Father’s Day tribute.

Dad and son on jungle gym at Kiwanis Park in Hampstead NC

A Father’s Day Tribute for Dads

Dads are our first teachers

During my childhood, I remember my dad running along side me and holding  my bike steady as he taught me to ride without training wheels. I remember him taking the time surprise me with a doll and play with me. Looking back, I know he felt silly but I’ll never forget those times we spent together. Even through adulthood, my father continues to be my rock! He’s always there for me and even my little boy. So with Father’s Day pretty much upon us, I want to take a moment to recognize the man that taught me everything I know and who helped me become the strong woman and mother that I am today.

Father's Day Tribute

Dads play multiple roles

Just this one-day out of the year, we’ll let you take some credit. The guys of the household truly do help us keep it all together. Over the course of a single day, you go from playing superhero with the kids to a handyman that can fix just about anything…or at least give it your best shot! Whether they’re building a tree house in the backyard or a pillow fort in the living room, you give everything you have to even the smallest things.

Dad and son running on Topsail Island Beach in NC

We love family time with you

There’s nothing I love more than seeing my husband spend quality guy time with our little one! I remember being little and tagging along with dad, and I know that he will cherish those memories when he is older. Whether it’s watching a show or getting silly with a pillow fight, there’s nothing like spending quality family time with your dad.

Dad and kids tickling at the park New Hanover Arboretum in Wilmington NC

So to all the dads out there, I want to say thank you for being the person that you are! I know we don’t always give you the credit you deserve, but we are thankful for everything you do. Make sure you say thanks to dad this Father’s Day!

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I'm Erika and I am a maternity, newborn, and family photographer based near Wilmington, NC. I'm also a mom to two cutie boys, lover of backyard gardening, candles, chocolate and Amazon Prime.

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Oh, how I'd love to go back to those first weeks and months. I was ever-present, yet never really there at all.⁠
My head was elsewhere, caught up in all the shoulds, in the baby books, the apps, the impossible schedules; all the perceived perfections of motherhood that felt so at odds with what you were telling me you needed.⁠
I followed my heart every single time. But never with conviction. Always apologetically as though I were somehow giving in. Not doing it right.⁠
I fought it. Like a quiet war. It was exhausting.⁠
I'd love to go back and mother that version of you, but as this version of me; the mum I am today. ⁠
More relaxed, more rested, more sure, no longer seeking approval, embracing the fact that I will be happily rocking my boy to sleep until he doesn't need it anymore.⁠
It's not just our babies that grow.⁠
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I have come so far and now have the clarity of mind to see how everything that has happened in my life has made me the person I am today. And I truly love who I have become through it all. What’s something positive or seemingly negative that happened in your personal life in the past five years that you didn’t see coming and that has built you up to be the badass you are today?⁠
Whenever I’m feeling stuck, I write in a journal—just a stream of consciousness, whatever crosses my mind goes on the page. Almost every time, I notice the same pattern: fear of judgment. My inner critic is telling me that no one will like what I do.⁠
When that happens, I try to remind myself to play my own greatest hits. I make a list of the times when I did work I was proud of, made a client happy, or got positive feedback—anything that contradicts the judgmental  voice in my head. It helps me to move forward without fear. We all have that voice in our heads. The trick is to recognize it, not believe it, and put that imposter syndrome back in its place.
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