Somehow they always have the right words that will make us feel better.
One time, when I was in my young teens, I was feeling down about a boy. My mom told me I was 'too young to date anyway.' But my dad chimed in with, "Don't worry, I've never had a boyfriend, either."
That was exactly what I needed to hear. I cracked up and it made me completely forget about how upset I was feeling just moments ago.
3. They're unbelievably patient
I was such a daddy's girl growing up. Whatever my dad did, I wanted to be a part of it. One night, he was building a shed in our backyard and I insisted on helping out.
Looking back, I realize it probably wouldn't have taken as long as it did if he could just do it on his own. But he was patient enough to let me "help out" long into the dark hours of the night.
Whether it's taking extra time so his child can help build something, staying up late to help soothe his child's fear of a monster under the bed or listening to his daughter gossip about boys, a dad is always there for his children.
Dads are unbelievably goofy and always know how to cheer up their family. And their photobombs are always the perfect addition to a great photo.
5. They believe in you
When I wanted to be a ballerina, my dad bought me my first tutu. When I wanted to be a doctor, he bought me the game Operation. Every sports game, every theatrical production, he was there cheering me on.
When I was going through my first heartbreak, he bought me chocolate and took me on a daddy-daughter date. It didn't matter that I was 12 years old; he validated my emotions and never tried to make me feel silly or like my feelings were insignificant. He showed me how a true man takes care of the women in his life.
Dads love playing with their kids. They can get down and wrestle when the kids are especially playful, but they're also willing to play dress up when the girls pull out their game of Pretty Pretty Princess.
They're always supporting and inspiring you to try the things that scare you, but they're careful to make sure you never have to go through something scary on your own.
When my family found a perfect spot in Sedona, Arizona, to swim around and go cliff jumping, my dad was there helping me gain the courage to jump into the water. It took hours before I finally willed myself to do it, and he was there the whole time. Travelling to this little spot in Sedona to go cliff jumping became a little tradition in my family.
They taught you what true love is in the example they set throughout your life. Thanks to your dad, you knew what kind of man you wanted to spend the rest of your life with, and it was easier for you to recognize when a boy was no good for you.
We're so grateful for all our dads and fatherly figures in our life. This Father's Day, and every other day, take time to thank those men in your life.
Emily Brady is a member of the FamilyShare content team. She studied Communication with an emphasis in journalism. She loves photography and finding a good book to read in her hammock on a sunny, breezy day.