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What My Father Means To Me Essay by: Joel Cartier
Posted by : David Hirsch on June 14, 2013 - 10:04am

TEAMDAD partnered with University of Phoenix to conduct the 2103 Military Fatherhood Essay Contest in Okinawa, Japan.  Students were asked to write essays to the theme “What My Father Means To Me.”   In total more than 400 essays were collected from the children of servicemen stationed in Okinawa.  10 essay finalists and their dads were selected as winners.


Here is Colby Cartier’s Essay (Amelia Earhart Intermediate School, 4th Grade).


My dad means a lot to me.  He is in the Air Force.  He has short hair and is really funny.  He is a good example of honesty and hard work.  He went to college for 5 ½ years and studied social work.  He is 34 years old and will be 35 on April 3rd.  My dad taught me about Legos and he is really good at building them.  My dad is my hero.  My dad is not only dad to me he is also a really good friend.  He works really hard to help our family and our country.  He is really smart and kind.  He respects his family and friends.  He was deployed for six months to Al Udeid Air Force Base, Qater.  While he was gone I missed him a lot.  My dad told me it was very hot there.  When I grow up I want to be just like him.  When he came back I was very glad to see him and I am happy he hasn’t had to be deployed since then.  Right now my dad works as the Family Advocacy Officer.  That means he helps families learn to be safe and get along better.  I think it’s cool that he helps others with their problems.  My dad is also a good example to me at home because he helps my mom with a lot of things like laundry, dishes, and bathing my little sisters.  This helps me see what kind of father I want to be when I grow up.  I love my dad and he means the world to me.


Here is Joel Cartier’s (Colby’s Dad’s) Response:


I am very happy to see that Colby has such a great opinion of me.  I know I am very far from perfect and have a lot of improvements to make as a father.  However, it is nice to see that Colby is able to overlook those and focus on my good qualities.  Thanks for giving him this assignment.


If you’d like to receive a collection of a couple of dozen inspirational essays, like the one above, please go to: and click resources.  The Me And My Dad essay guide also includes a 7- Session curriculum, which is a great way for a small group of dads to read, reflect and resolve to be better dads.  Proceeds from the essay guides go to support father-child programs.


From DAD To DAD, it’s very moving to read authentic messages about being a dad, especially those who are really making a difference in the lives of their kids and others.

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About author: David Hirsch
David Hirsch is the father of five, ranging in age from 17 to 25. He is CEO (Chief Encouragement Officer) at TEAMDAD and the founder (1997) of Illinois Fatherhood Initiative, the country's first state-wide non-profit fatherhood organization whose mission is connecting children and fathers by Actively Engaging Fathers In The Education Of Children.
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