It’s tough being a father today, what with the constant pressure on parents to be perfect in every way. And with Father’s Day around the corner, we can’t help but think about all the important moments in our lives that dad has been a part of. From a mentor to a friend, dad has always been there for us. Here are the four most important lessons he has taught us, to stand us in good stead in the real world.

Get Your Hands Dirty

If you’ve ever seen Dad fix something at home, then you know the value in being able to handle minor tasks around the house. Some of the strongest childhood memories we have are of dad asking us to bring him a type screwdriver or other tool as he set about fixing whatever it was that is broken. Through his actions, we learned the value in getting our hands dirty and to take responsibility for tasks that come up in our daily lives.

Learn New Things

Remember when you were learning how to ride a bicycle for the first time? Chances are that it was dad who launched you on your way and ran behind you as you careened down the street. Over the years, your father probably taught you a great many things and he was the first person you’d turn to every time you came upon something that stumped you. Even as adults, there are days when we go to dad for advice and he’ll be patient with us as we learn something new. And it takes those conversations for us to truly appreciate the value of continuing to seek out new experiences and avenues of learning.

Learn to Be Financially Independent

We might have the internet to help us fill in the gaps in our financial knowledge, but it doesn’t even come close to the personal touch that Dad provided. And when our parents sat down together to do the accounts, they were showing us how important it is to set a budget, stick to it, and how to take on financial responsibility.

Overcome the Limitations Society Places on You

Times are changing for the better when it comes to the expectations we place on our children, irrespective of their gender. Boy or girl, someday they’ll have to be able to stand on their own two feet and achieve financial and personal independence. Fathers like Mahavir Singh Phogat (of Dangal fame) have subverted traditional gender roles and stereotypes so that their childern too will be able to fend for themselves and pay it forward some day. Like this article? Also see: How to Grow a Gorgeous Garden