Here's the most obvious statement you'll read all day: being a parent is tough. I mean, I haven't even survived toddlerhood yet and there are some days I catch myself daydreaming about my 40s, when my kids will be grown up. Mom of the year award goes to me. But in all seriousness, now think about being your parent. Whether you were well behaved or a wild child, chances are you gave your parents a run for their money. And with the added benefit of hindsight, there are probably some things you'll want to say to your dad on Father's Day now that you're a parent yourself.
In addition to understanding the pain of changing 100 diapers a day, parenthood also has a way of making people incredibly sentimental. Though, of all the days to be mushy, Father's Day is a good one. And for me it's really not that hard. My dad was the guy who cooked me pancakes shaped like Mickey Mouse and taught me how to ride my bike without training wheels. He was there for me through my first high school heartbreak and told me lots of things I didn't want to hear (things that, looking back, I realize he actually was a lot smarter than I thought he was). So in honor of my dad, and all dads who really knew what they were talking about, here are the things they deserved to hear a long time ago.