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Four fantastic fishing songs to kick off your Father’s Day festivities.

Fatherhood is synonymous with fishing, and what better way to kick off the Father’s Day weekend than with four fantastic fishing songs? Enjoy.

Huntin’ & Fishin’ And Lovin’ Every Day: Luke Bryan

Maddie & Tae: Shut up and Fish

I’m Gonna Miss Her: Brad Paisley

(She Thinks We’re) Just Fishin’: Trace Adkins

For more great songs, see The 20 Best Country Songs about Fathers.

 

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Pattison's Perspectives

Wishing I was half the dad my kids thought I was.

imageToday we celebrate fathers. Today my family celebrates me. Today will be bittersweet.

Firstly, I had no father to celebrate when I was a wee lad.

Young boys growing up without a dad miss out on so many experiences that contribute to a healthy upbringing. I was no exception.

And what makes it harder to accept is that it didn’t have to be that way; he chose for it to be that way. All these years later I still bear that scar. It’s a wound that time has never healed and the weight of which my own wife and children have no idea that I carry.

Secondly, for me this day shines a light on my failures as a father, laying them bare and raw.

Today I will receive accolades and handmade cards with misspelled words telling me I’m the best dad in the world. But the truth is, I know I’m not . . . not even close . . . and that pains me terribly.

So today, while my family showers me with flowery platitudes, I will be troubled inside. I will be wishing I could be a better father and husband, and wondering if I would have been, if only my dad had stuck around to be that example.

Today, more than any other, I will be reminded that if I was half the dad my kids thought I was, I’d be doing all right.

For everyone else . . . Happy Father’s Day.

Videos

The 20 best country songs about fathers.

imageThere are few musical genres that contain so many songs on fatherhood like country music. It’s from this genre that I’ve compiled my Top 20 Countdown of songs about dads.

Even if you’re not a fan of country music, if you’re a fan of dads, you’ll find many treasures below.

Some of these songs are old, some are new; some are about happy times, some are about regrettable times; some are about adoption, some are about loss, some are upbeat and will put a smile on your face, some will tear your heart out and leave you reaching for a tissue.

Happy Father’s Day to all those dads who got it right, and even those who didn’t.

20 – The Dollar
Jamey Johnson

19 – Till I Was a Daddy Too
Tracy Lawrence

18 – Walk a Little Straighter
Billy Currington

17 – The Greatest Man I Never Knew
Reba McEntire

16 – He Walked on Water
Randy Travis

15 – Who’s That Man?
Toby Keith

14 – It Won’t Be Like this for Long
Darius Rucker

13 – My Front Porch Looking In
Lonestar

12 – Just Another Day in Paradise
Phil Vassar

11 – You’re Gonna Miss This
Trace Adkins

10 – Just Fishin’
Trace Adkins

09 – I Loved Her First
Heartland

08 – Wish I Could’ve Been There
John Anderson

 

07 – Daddy Let Me Drive
Alan Jackson

06 – He Didn’t Have to Be
Brad Paisley

05 – Best Day of My Life:
George Strait

04 – Watching You
Rodney Atkins

03 – Cinderella
Steven Curtis Chapman

02 -The Car
Jeff Carson

01 – There Goes My Life
Kenny Chesney

Encouragement

Best dad movie for this Father’s Day weekend.

Looking for a great movie to watch with the family as we approach Father’s Day? Then look no further than this best kept secret called Courageous. It is one of the best movies about fathers ever made, and one of my top five films of all time. No matter how many times I watch it, it wrecks me.

Rent, borrow, or purchase Courageous for this weekend to watch with the whole family. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll kiss a whole box of tissues goodbye.