Plenty of children have fond memories with their dads — mornings on the lake fishing, afternoons at the ballpark, or evenings spent at the kitchen table rehashing the day.
Unfortunately, though, some kids missed out on that bonding time because their dads were always too busy working to get involved in the daily ins and outs of family life. Derrick Culpepper doesn’t want that for his children.
Back in 2015, Derrick’s wife was out of town on a business trip and he wanted to keep her up-to-date on what was going on in the three-kid household… so he made a video.
On the surface, it’s just a cute father-daughter moment, when he follows his daughter, Lisa’s step-by-step instructions on how to style her hair before church.
You can’t help but smile when you hear her encouraging him, saying things like, “You’re almost done, you’re doing a great job!” That’s music to Derrick’s ears, because who says kids are the only ones who need encouragement? In this family, they all encourage and support each other.
My 3yr old daughter keeps me encouraged when I attempt to do her hair. She has been listening to her mother Lakisha Culpepper and I’m so thankful that she demonstrates godly encouragement for our kids to see and hear.
But just beneath the surface, this father-daughter moment speaks to an important message Derrick hopes to spread to dads everywhere. On his Facebook page, The Dynamic Duo Morning Show, he wrote:
DADS are necessary in the lives of their children in every society in the world. Reports suggest that we are absent rather than present. This page is designed to motivate, encourage and inspire DADS to be even more engaged in the lives of their children.
He was largely raised by his mother and extended family, including uncles and a grandfather who helped steer him in the right direction and instilled the importance of family values. Those lessons followed him into adulthood and served as a model for his relationship with his own family.
“I’m going to wash these dishes. I’m going to mop this floor. I’m going to do whatever it takes. If it’s in my ability to do to help, then I’m going to do it,” he said.
And as for taking on early-morning hairstyling duties? “It’s something that I had to learn because it’s what my wife needed me to do,” he noted.
What a great example for fathers everywhere! Parental involvement comes in many forms, from shuttling your kids to soccer practice to watching a school play and making sure their homework is done. The most important thing is to stay involved in your children’s lives because they’ll use that love as the foundation to build other relationships, and ultimately their own families.
Watch the heartwarming video below and don’t forget to share Derrick’s wonderful message!