Letters From Dad: Father’s Day Advice from Famous Dads to Daughters

By Lean In • June 14, 2013
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To celebrate Father’s Day, LEAN IN teamed up with TIME to ask pops to write open letters to their daughters. The responses were equal parts heartwarming (Aaron Sorkin: “Once I saw you sit down next to a kid who was eating lunch all alone—always be that person”) and hilarious (Tom Brokaw: “Sarah, we’ll always have that New Year’s eve where I encountered your boyfriend walking through our house, drinking my precious magnum of Dom Perignon straight from the bottle”).

On this Father’s Day, we encourage you to remember this: children do better with active dads. They have higher cognitive abilities, do better professionally and are healthier and better adjusted. We need to encourage more men to lean in at home. To sit at the table — the kitchen table.

Below, personal messages from Marco Rubio, Mario Lopez, Rahm Emanuel and many more.

Aaron Sorkin to Roxy: ‘Be Brave’

Bassem Youssef to Nadia: ‘Smash Your Fears to the Ground’

Bruce Jenner to Kendall and Kylie: ‘Fear Is Part of the Game’

Chuck Schumer to Jessica and Allison: ‘You Can Do Anything You Want’

Ethan Hawke to Maya, Clementine and Indiana: ‘My Mother Raised Me a Feminist’

Jerry Jones to Charlotte: ‘Your Confidence Sold the Deal’

Joe Klein to Sophie: ‘Trust Yourself’

Marco Rubio to Amanda and Daniella: ‘Reach for the Stars’

Mario Lopez to Gia: ‘Be Tough’

Michael Bloomberg to Emma and Georgina: ‘Competitiveness Runs in the Genes’

Michael Buckley to Kendall and Morgan: ‘I Want You to be Feminists’

Rahm Emanuel to Ilana and Leah: ‘Follow Your Hearts’

Richie Sambora to Ava: ‘I Wish You Love and Empowerment’

Rodrigo Garcia to Isabel and Ines: ‘There’s a Cocoon for Young Women’

Tom Brokaw to Jennifer, Andrea and Sarah: ‘I Learned More From You Than You From Me’

PLUS, MORE ON LEAN IN

Joe Echevarria: ‘Make Your Own Choices, Live Your Own Life’

Ric Elias: ‘Remember to Question the Status Quo’

Jay Hayden: ‘Always Know Your Worth’

Frank Tataseo: ‘You’rethe Artist and Author of Your Future’

Jim Breyer: ‘You Will Make Enormous Impact’

Jason Sperber: ‘You Are Powerful. Know This In Your Heart.’

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