The Child Is The Father Of The Man Essay Contest

Essay Contest

“What My Father Means to Me” Essay Contest

NOTE:  This year’s What My Father Means to Me Essay Contests in Minnesota and Kansas City have been suspended while we focus resources on growing our father involvement in education program – WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students).  Thank you for your interest in participating in the Contest and leading students to consider the value of an involved father or father figure.  Some teachers are going ahead with the essay writing assignment and having their students share their essay with their father or father figure.  We applaud and encourage such efforts!

WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) is a great way to engage fathers directly in their children’s education by inviting them to volunteer at least one day a year at school.  Active in over 5,000 schools, WATCH D.O.G.S. is a triple win for dads, kids and schools.  Learn more HERE.

The “What My Father Means to Me” Essay Contest was created by the National Center for Fathering (NCF) in 1992 in an effort to raise awareness about the importance of fathering. For the past two decades, the Essay Contest has given a voice to over 1,000,000 school-aged children, allowing them the opportunity to express their thoughts and feelings on the topic, “What My Father Means to Me.” Their words speak loudly to the important role fathers and father figures play in the lives of children.

Before Father’s Day each year, NCF hosts the Father of the Year Celebration to spotlight students who placed in the essay contest and to name a “Father of the Year”.

The “What My Father Means to Me” Essay Contest is made possible through the collaborative efforts of corporations, local businesses and volunteers committed to inspiring and equipping men to be the involved fathers, grandfathers, and father figures their children need. The Father of the Year Celebration event celebrates the dads and father figures nominated by children.

2017 To Be Determined

2015 “What My Father Means To Me” Essay Contests

Our Sponsors & Partners

Please join us in thanking and congratulating our sponsors and partners. These generous organizations support the “What my Father Means to Me” Essay Contest and the Father of the Year Celebrations through the provision of gifts and rewards for the winners and participants as well as volunteers to read the thousands of essays that are received each year. Without their generous and enthusiastic support, the “What my Father Means to Me” Essay Contests would not be possible.

The Impact of This ContestExcerpts from Essays

2014 “What My Father Means To Me” Essay Contests

2013 “What My Father Means To Me” Essay Contests


The Words Worth’s statement perhaps means that the qualities exhibited by a child will depended appear in a marked from when the child grows up in to a man. By observing and studying the behaviour, the inclinations, the performances, the prejudices and the tendencies of child we can form an idea as to what sort of man we will develop in to. One’s childhood, therefore may be taken as forming the asis of one’s manhood. It is in this sense that the child has been called the father of man.

The statement carries much sense. The biographies of several great man shows that their character and achievement had appeared in the early childhood. An average child with no remarkable qualities will rarely develop in to a remarkable man but a child with striking qualities will grow in to one. Napoleon in his childhood used to play fighting and had great enthusiasm for mock warfare later he distinguished himself as one of the greatest military genius of the world. Florence Nightingale early in her life, indications of her future course of life. David Havingstone used to play exploring when he was still a boy. Eventually he became one of the greatest explorers of the world Clive and Neon gave evidence in their boyhood of qualities which characterized them later as man. Examples are many.

It seems that the statement is true. Sometimes, no doubt, inborn talent may be suppressed through total neglect or misdirected training. Then the child may not get opportunity to develop its natural bent of mind. But in the long run, native talent or aptitude for a particular work will definitely emerge and the man will achieve distinction in sphere to which is properly belongs. The parents should carefully watch the child and not his learning’s and help him grow his natural bent of mind and temperament.

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