My Message to Dads: Fathers Rock! Mentors Rock!
I’m Terry Allen. By day I’m a Dallas-based FedEx Account Executive in our sales department. To my family, I’m “dad” – coach, mentor and positive role model. If you ask my son, I am the bank, the chauffeur and the nosey guy who meddles in all of his decisions.
I know all too well that for various reasons, not every family has a father figure. Growing up in a single parent household, I saw the challenges my mom had as a widower raising, at the time, seven siblings. What was so amazing is that my mother made sure that there were male role models for my brothers, sisters and myself. My uncles, grandfathers and older cousins were ever present in our lives. Looking back, I realize my childhood taught me not only how important it is to be a father but it was also living proof that men in the community could provide mentoring and guidance. To me, contributing to the emotional success of the family is just as important as providing a paycheck.
Today, I mentor fathers to help them understand that they play a critical role in their family’s success. The Sunday dinner table is a great place to start. For the past 15 years, I’ve spent Father’s Day with an entire community of dads, mentors and community leaders at A Father’s Table. A Father’s Table is an annual celebration in Dallas that highlights fatherhood, leadership, mentoring and community. This year, over 750 folks attended to enjoy dishes prepared by 38 volunteer chefs locally and from around the country – including Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, San Antonio and New Orleans.
Through my volunteer work mentoring men and helping families flourish, I’ve found that men who take time to succeed in the kitchen and dinner table also succeed as fathers, husbands, businessmen and community leaders.
My message to dads: Fathers Rock!
To all you dads and mentors out there: I hope you will take this message as a challenge. Tonight, prepare a meal for your family. Then, sit down and enjoy it with them. You’ll be glad you did it.
To everyone in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex – I hope to meet you and your family next Father’s Day at the Father’s Table event.