RUGGED: What Does it Mean?

"Tough times don't last, but tough people do." Robert H. Schuller

If you have stumbled upon this blog, you are probably wondering what does this crazy person mean by Rugged Dad? To answer that question, close your eyes and imagine; what comes to mind when you think of the word rugged?

The first thing that comes to mind for me is terrain that takes on an appearance of being strong and tough. I think about a giant mountain with rocks, and tall trees.  It's a terrain that is very resilient to storms and yet warm in the sense that it is inviting and resourceful to the creatures living on and within it.

I chose the term Rugged Dad to represent a well rounded approach to fatherhood. A father that is not only strong and tough, but is also warm, caring, resilient and full of adventure.  Let's face it, parenting in general can be rough terrain. I want to be the kind of parent that can weather any storm, physical, mental, emotion and otherwise.  At the same time, I want to be that warm and inviting presence in my home that emits empathy and compassion.

That is why I created this space.  I want this space to serve as a training ground for myself  and others to work on all of these traits that I associate with the term Rugged.  At the end of the day, I want to be a strong protector of my family and at the same time be that person that everyone turns to when they need something.

What images come to mind when you think of term rugged?  Who do you imagine when you think of the term rugged?  Share your thoughts below!


  1. A rugged dad takes his kids hunting and fishing, yet sits at the table with his kids, crayons in hand. A rugged dad cheers for his kids favorite sports stars, yet has a tear in his eye when his child is hurting. A rugged dad looks forward to playing catch with his kids while dreaming of each child cuddling next to him. A rugged dad is everything to his family and his family his everything to him. A rugged dad is important in every single day of a child’s life, but never more so than now, in times of uncertainty and times that can frighten.

    A toast to Rugged Dads!

    1. Amen to that! This was a very good way to put it. Much more eloquent than I was able to get out there. Thanks!



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