Do you know a father who taught his son how to kick a soccer ball or a military man who inspired his son to join the armed forces? With Father’s Day in a few days, teens shared how their dads became role models for them.

Growing up in a household that enjoys sports, Hayden Shedd, an incoming senior at Father Dueñas Memorial School, reminisced over the treasured memories he made with his dad: playing golf, learning how to kick a soccer ball, and exploring California with him last summer.

The Yona resident stated that his father became an incredible teacher for him in numerous ways. His father taught him how to play certain sports and core principles that he should follow in life, such as discipline, work ethic, and honesty.

“He’s been my role model ever since I was little, and I try to emulate him,” Shedd said. “Hopefully, one day, I’ll surpass him.”

At home, the soccer fan stated, “I usually got into scuffles with my little brother.”

Acting as a moderator at home, his father would keep him and his younger brother apart for a few hours after fighting.

“My dad was always the one to defuse the situation and was very calm in doing so,” Shedd stated. “When we did fight, my dad also made me realize that my brother looks up to me, so I try to stay patient and avoid those conflicts as much as possible.”

In 2015, Shedd broke his right arm, which prevented him from playing with the national soccer team in Hong Kong. As he watched his team play, he vividly remembers his father telling him to “keep on going and when you get back, you’ll show them you’re back in it.”

The incoming senior also revealed that his father told him about the time he left the San Diego State University soccer team his freshmen year because he got red-shirted. “He regrets that decision until now but that taught me a lesson to never give up and to just keep pushing forward.”

Today, Shedd’s father works as the senior director of sales and marketing at IT&E, but the soccer fan claims that he is not going to follow his route.

“I’m on the track of becoming a doctor because I have acquired a pursuit of knowledge would want to know how to treat and care for people, mentally or physically,” Shedd said. “I want to create my own legacy.”

Preserving family traditions

Recalling long conversations outside his house and playing golf with his father, Joshua Haas, an incoming senior at Guam High School, is a family-oriented individual who values lineage traditions.

“A tradition that runs in my family is to grow into a respectable, kindhearted man in the career of a military officer — looking out for not only his own but for everyone.”

According to the Piti resident, he grew up in a house on Naval Base Guam for about six years, and he remembers how frequently his dad had been on deployment — making him timid and resilient. They later moved into a house in the Nimitz area.

“Around that time, my dad was with us more often, allowing me to lower my guard around others because I had him to look over me,” Haas stated. “I think my dad has raised me into a young adult, growing up faster than other teenagers.”

According to the incoming senior, the hardest thing he had ever seen his father do was raising his family while keeping up with everyone around the world.

“My father raised six kids of his own, families in other countries and his two twins. He showed how selfless he was in doing this, teaching me that it doesn’t matter who people are. Family is family, and everyone should be treated fairly whenever possible.”

Haas’ father is a former Navy man and is currently serving as a Defense Logistics Agency specialist in Naval Base Guam, and his son is planning to follow his footsteps.

“The best advice I’ve been given by my father is to ‘Hope for the best, plan for the worst’ and to never have a false sense of entitlement when approaching problems.”

Putting family first

Believing in the saying “family first,” Nathaniel Canlas, an incoming college freshman at Saint Louis University in Baguio, Philippines, states how his father takes the phrase to heart. His father is a family man and knows the values of compassion, patience and generosity toward others which he aspires to acquire.

The Barrigada resident ruminates the little memories he had with his father, such as running errands with him and helping with housework. According to him, he wasn't just a father but the perfect role model who inspired him.

“Throughout the years, he'd given me tips on anything he or I would be doing. I guess that's how I learned to always listen to what he had to say, eventually taking an information or two.”

According to the incoming college freshman, he would consider his father as a best friend because he'd always understand him in times when he needed someone to talk to.

“If I ever gotten myself in trouble, he wouldn't yell at me but he'd just give me advice on how to deal with these problems and how to avoid them,” said Canlas, who graduated from FDMS.

The importance of family resonates with how his father acts quickly when relatives need help.

“Whenever my dad found the time off work, he'd tell me to stop whatever I was doing and come help him with something,” the 17-year-old said. “Later, he'd tell me how important it is to help your family.”

"The best advice my father gave me is to never give up on family no matter what life may bring," Canlas said.

According to Canlas, his father was very lenient with raising him. Everything he did was up to him and every consequence he’d face would be up to him as well. This made him learn quickly and help him get on his feet.

As teens listen to the life stories of their fathers, they learn values that can help them become better versions of themselves. When it’s their time to be parents, the memories they had with their fathers will forever serve as reminders of how to become role models to their children.

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