Here's How To Thank Your Dad When Your Mom Raised You On Her Own

One of the main elements of being a good parent, whether you're a mom or dad, is putting in the work. But what if your dad never did?

If pops wasn't there to give advice or be a sounding board, what kind of dads do these fully grown men become?

Meet a father who has the perfect answer to that question.

His name is Damien Bulluck.

He's the father to two super cool kids and lives in New York.

Although his dad wasn't around while he was growing up, he's hands-on when it comes to raising his kids.

What's his magic secret?


"The biggest misconception about being a father is that you have to be tough. I think you have to be soft when it requires it. Most men can be tough when the time requires, but like be soft knowing that they get better results so that it requires a different sort of understanding. That's actually a very difficult thing." — Damian Bulluck

He explains more in this video, an intimate peek into his life as a father.

For some people, every day is Independence Day. For Janis Shinwari, this will be his first 4th of July as an American citizen. And boy, he earned it.

"If I was in Afghanistan—if I didn't come here, I wouldn't be alive now. I would be dead." Shinwari told CNN Heroes in 2018. Shinwari risked his life for nine years serving as a translator for U.S. forces in his native country of Afghanistan. He risked his life everyday knowing that should he be caught by the Taliban, the consequences would be severe. "If the Taliban catch you, they will torture you in front of your kids and families and make a film of you." Shinwari said. "Then [they'll] send it to other translators as a warning message to stop working with the American forces."

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