The Daddy Diaries

The Tale of a Fishermom

As a boymom of 3 outdoors loving little boys and a wife of a self-proclaimed pirate, I was destined to live a life on the water.

We often go fishing, just for the halibut. I often think to myself, “oh my cod, I can’t wait to get out on the water!” I’m willing to bait that most people think that fishing is a man’s sport. But I hope you know that this mama is reely hooked. There isn’t anyfin like it.  I’m sometimes a little koi about my love for fishing, but I’m going to be a little shellfish and take this oppor-tuna-ty to make you sea how much I enjoy it and then let you guys mullet over. I promise I’m not just fishing for compliments. I am writing this for a porpoise. You sea, my dad taught me how to fish when I was just a little gill. And now I fish all the time with my husband and kids, so I’m ofishally a profishonal. I can fish with the best of them as you can sea from the pictures. I used to be pretty crappie, but I’ve grown to be whaley good…bass-ically an expert. Sometimes we go out for a whole day and we don’t catch much, but even when the day is floundering, it’s still a day on the water, which happens to be our happy plaice. I’ve even caught a shark before. I fought so hard reeling it in that I almost pulled a mussel. Tank cod, I was ok. We live on the water, so even when we aren’t out dropping a line, I like to sit on my back perch sometimes and just enjoy our beautiful waterscape. The view is fintastic. It’s usually a shad bit hot outside and we get burnt. My cheeks and minnows usually get sunburned the worst. It’s worth it though, as I’ve waded a long time for these bragging rights. My husband a-piers to think that just because he holds several lake records that he’s the cream of the carp. But I gar-antee that I’ll beat that buoy’s record one day.

So water you waiting for, mamas? Get yourself a fishing pole like me and castaway. If you have any good fishing tails to share, you should dolphinately drop a line and let minnow!  Don’t worry if you feel like a fish out of water and not reely good at it. Just keep trying and you’ll eventually get batter. I’ll sea y’all later, I’m fin to get busy. Dying to trout my new pole.  😆😁🎣✌🏼

The Message that Moved an Entire Middle School to Tears

Former professional wrestler, Marc Mero, tells the story about his relationship with his mother that brings this entire middle school to tears. “If you have a mother or father, tell them you love them!”

“Life is not about winning the race. Life is about finishing the race, and how many people we can all help finish this race. How we can start being kinder to each other.”

His speech is heartwarming, beautiful and sincere. Share this with the ones you love!

Check out this dad killing it with this old school rap! Great message for parents and kids.

This dad seriously has some skills! Love the motivational message behind it.  Now here’s a little something I threw together for you —

He’s a motivational speaker by day and a rapper by night

I came across this video and thought it was alright.

I must admit sometimes I like to throw out some lines.

I really like his daddy rap, now do you like mines?

Word to your motha’.

HA! Okokok, maybe I’m not a grand master rapper, but I do appreciate a good rap when I hear one, and this dad’s got skills. Derek Clark is not only a rapper, but he’s also a motivational speaker and has a very positive message to give out to kids and also other parents. This is a little about Derek’s story.

“I had a rough start in life and felt rejected and broken for many years, but despite my childhood growing up in foster care, I’m really trying hard to give my kids a better life and break the cycle. I try to show them a positive outlook and to never let a mistake or the past infect their future, to never give up on their dreams. My dreams are what kept me alive during the hardest times of my life. Despite what the haters write about me… Rapping Dad is vehicle to connect… it’s all about having a fun and unique way to connect with my kids creatively. Every parent has the ability to show their kids that they are important…just listen to them and be fun, fair and firm. There is nothing wrong about being a fun, enthusiastic and optimistic dad. My kids will tell you I’m not their best friend. I’m a fun dad but my job is to help them find their calling in life. It’s all about passing on generational blessings instead of generational curses. I’m not perfect but I do try to bring light to the ones’ that are lost in the dark…for I once was too. I sincerely thank you all for following my page, for supporting and sharing our videos…for your wonderful messages and comments. You. Are. Amazing! and I appreciate you all!!!” – Derek Clark

And that’s a rap, folks!

Daddy Diaries: You just cannot watch without crying – Troops coming home

I have a profound respect for our troops.   I’m in awe of their sacrifices and immeasurable strength.  I’m equally in awe of the strength of their families.  I look at my children and I can’t imagine having to be apart from them. Seeing these families reunited is hard to watch without tears.  However, its necessary to watch so that we get even a small glimpse into the ultimate sacrifices they make for their families and for you and me. In the chaos of everyday life, in the struggles of parenthood, in the midst of the craziness that we sometimes want to escape, remember their sacrifice.   That should be enough of a reminder to love the beautiful mess of motherhood just a little more deeply and to hold your babies everyday, as there are many who can only love from a distance.

Daughter and dad bond with gymnastics

How cute is this dad? Ash Mills, 41, found a way to bond with his daughter and get some exercise at the same time! His 9-year-old, Alex, spends 30 hours per week doing gymnastics, so he decided to join her. “I had no fear and I was happy to try it,” he told “A couple of things we did were quite funny so my partner started to film them. We laugh an awful lot.” As a high-rise window cleaner and a marathon runner, Ash was already quite fit to begin and a marathon runner, Ash was already quite fit to begin with, but his biggest downfall is flexibility. Despite that, this Australian dad can perform quite a few moves but, most importantly, he manages to spend some quality time with his beloved daughter.


“Thank you for never ever ever being too much of a man to be my mom.”

Although my blog is dedicated to mothers, as I can relate with them the most, I don’t want to take anything away from the dads.  Especially the hands-on, loving, protective, leader, role model, and spiritual leader dads.  I am so fortunate to have that kind of father.  My children are fortunate to have the same.  I don’t take it for granted. A father is a life changer.  A dad’s impact can be felt long after his children have grown.  It’s the kind of influence that motivates us to move mountains just to make him proud.  I still think of my own dad when I strive to be a better person, a better daughter, a better friend.  He’s always in the back of my mind and always in my heart.

Then there are the dads who take on the mother and father roles.  The single dads, and there are so many out there, who carry the weight of both parents.  I cannot imagine being a single parent.  The thought of it alone overwhelms me.  So, to all the single dads, this is a beautiful tribute from a daughter, Tianna Sheehan, to her dad.  May it be a reminder that your effort, your love, and your devotion does not go unnoticed, even when its a seemingly thankless job.  Rest assured, it isn’t.

“Today at Meijer, I walked up to select my shaving cream and overheard a mother talking to her daughter about shaving her legs. It was her first time shopping for razors, and her mom was explaining what kind of razor she needed, how to shave her legs, etc. I felt that little punch in the gut that I normally feel when I see a mom and daughter doing mom and daughter things. I can’t help it. You’d think after 14 years without mine, seeing someone with their mom wouldn’t make me sad or jealous, but it just does. This time, however, I couldn’t help but giggle. I was transported back to a similar moment I shared with my Dad. I’ll never forget the look on my dad’s face when I told him I wanted to shave my legs. It was the summer after mom died and some of the girls I went to summer camp with started teasing me about my hairy legs. I remember coming up to dad and being so embarrassed to ask him for help, but man, did he handle it like a champ! For a moment he put his head down; and then he turned the TV off, took me into the bathroom, gave me a new blade on his razor, gave me his shaving cream, and taught me how to shave my legs.
Single dads don’t get the credit they deserve; especially mine and all dads who are left playing both roles. There was never a time in my childhood where I truly thought I was missing out on anything. My dad was so good at fulfilling both roles and making sure my childhood was as normal as possible; that there was never a time I thought Life or God had screwed me over. My dad handled everything: periods, shaving, broken hearts, catty girlfriends–you name it and my dad took it like a champ.
Dad, I know I haven’t said it enough, so here’s a big public THANK YOU for never, ever, ever being too much of a man to be my mom. Thank you for never being too embarrassed to do the girl stuff you had to do, thank you for never making it embarrassing for me to ask you for help. Growing up without a mom is obviously something no one ever wants, but growing up with you was the best. I love you, Dad!” (via Love What Matters)
Submitted by Tiana Sheehan