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Whenever I tell people that I have five sisters and no brothers, some of the comebacks I hear include, "Your poor father. He deserves a medal," or "Your dad must be a saint." Actually, both statements ring true. It takes a special man, one with iron will and saintly patience, to be a good and loving father to six girls. Outmatched seven (including my mom) to one, my father survived our teenage emotional outbursts, a house full of hairspray fumes, extravagant weddings, and our need to "mother" him.

He's a better man for it, and he'll be the first one to admit it. When I've asked him what he would have done differently if we were sons instead of daughters, he always says the same thing: "Nothing." He says he decided with the birth of my oldest sister that he'd teach us girls the same things he would have taught his sons, if he'd had any. My sisters and I grew up working with my dad in his workshop doing all kinds of "guy" stuff: He taught us about mechanics, electronics, woodworking, geology, aviation, and much more. He also provided us many opportunities to learn life's lessons through extensive travel and elaborate hands-on experiences. Thanks Dad!

Whether you're a parent to boys or girls, showing love and spending time together is tantamount to raising successful, confident, and happy adults. I enjoyed writing my article, "How to Raise a Good Man," on page 10. I asked a handful of local fathers what they thought were some of the most important traits and characteristics vital to their sons' future successes. Thanks to Congressman Kevin McCarthy, Zane Smith of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Kern County, and KCFM's very own Rick Radon, for their words of wisdom. Also, a special thanks to Rob Seaney, who is the dad featured on this issue's cover with five of his six children, his sixth child (not pictured) is the epitome of Daddy's little girl.

In Brian Kantz's Newbie Dad article, "Father's Day is the NEW Mother's Day," on page 14, he write that Dads deserve more kudos this year on Father's Day. He points out that over the years, the men's roles have shifted in the parenting department, and now more than ever before, dads spend more time with the children. In fact, in a recent survey, more than half of all dads would give up the suit-and-tie grind to be a stay-at-home dad. So, again, thanks dads!!!

Because parenting is one of life's toughest jobs, KCFM features its own parenting expert, Dr. Michael Kirk, who gives us tips and guidelines on how to turn happy children into productive adults. This month, in his article "Directional Signals," he writes about how our children mirror our behaviors. To find out how we can turn these signals into goal-oriented behaviors, turn to page 5.

Don't miss this month's Skintastic Father's Day Contest… Here's a chance to spoil the man in your life with products and services to pamper his skin. Make sure you turn to page 7, to check out this fabulous opportunity sponsored by Skinsation Medi Spa.

Also, don't forget to get your monthly dose of humor with Tracie Grimes's Humor at Home article, "Be True to Your School," on page 8. She writes about her adventures in the 1980s as a Taft Union High School Wildcat. She continues to find pride in her alma mater, even if not everyone shares her sentiment. After all, weren't our high school years suppose to be the "best of times?"

This month we can celebrate our dads and the men we've chosen to be our children's role models with an unprecedented showering of love and gifts, after all it is the "New Mother's Day." June also marks the end of school and the beginning of lazy, routine-free days of summer. Even with triple-digit heat on its way, the summer holds all kinds of promise for adventures! Be sure to make the most of it!

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