Editor's note

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent

When I had my first child — a boy — many people told me about the special mother-son bond. They would usually follow it up by saying, “But nothing compares to the bond between a dad and his daughter.” It took me two more tries, but I finally figured that one out myself.

Why is it that a man can be strong and unwavering with adults and their male children, but turn to putty at the sight of their little princesses? And that’s exactly what they are. And, boy, do girls know how to work it! My daughter puts on “the face” when she doesn't get what she wants. It doesn’t work on me (I’ve been there!) but it works wonders with her dad.

My brother-in-law, a man with the patience of Job, has four girls. He works in the construction industry, drives a pickup, and listens to country music. He's a man's man. But when his two littlest come to him saying, “Daddy, I want…,” he’s a goner.

My dad is the same way with my sister and me. He had no boys of his own, but taught us things dads typically teach their sons, such as the correct way to paint a room, and how to use hedge trimmers. When I moved out of the house, he gave me a monogrammed plunger and my first toolbox. I, to this day, am a sucker for power tools.

For this month’s issue, we have 20 things dads need to know — a great compilation of comments from fathers with kids of all ages. Take Dad and the family on an adventure after reading our article on Ohio's bicycle paths, but not before taking our sun safety quiz! We have advice on how to stay close to grandparents who live far away, and explain why sensory experience is so important to children’s learning.

Most importantly this month, tell your dad how much you love him. What is the most important thing he taught you? Tell him! Then ask for cash.

Happy Father’s Day!