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Sunday, June 21, 2009

Celebrating Dads

"Of all the rocks upon which we build our lives, we are reminded today that family is the most important. And we are called to recognize and honor how critical every father is to that foundation. They are teachers and coaches. They are mentors and role models. They are examples of success and the men who constantly push us toward it . . . And what I’ve realized is that life doesn’t count for much unless you’re willing to do your small part to leave our children – all of our children – a better world. Even if it’s difficult. Even if the work seems great. Even if we don’t get very far in our lifetime. " - President Barack Obama, June 15, 2009.

Today we celebrate our fathers, our partners, the dads. HMN dads have a passion for their children, for the future, and for protecting their families and the planet. They are gentle and wise, loving and attached, brave and forthright. They stand up for informed choice, embrace green living, and believe in natural parenting. And they work to make a difference for all of our families and for the future.

As parents we are all on a journey. We are figuring our how to raise our children consciously, how to keep them healthy, and how to be the best parents that we can. Parenthood transforms us. It brings out our abilities - the way we can make our children laugh, our lovingness, and our patience. It also illuminates our shortfalls and provides us with an amazing opportunity to grow and develop. And parenthood brings us wisdom as well as an appreciation for the challenges and insights of our own parents.

We honor the dads today and take a moment to show our gratitude for being the teachers and coaches, mentors and roles models described by President Obama. We applaud them as they stand strong to protect their holistic passions. And we celebrate their unique perspectives and insights as we navigate this parenthood journey together!

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