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I want to tell you about a father I know who is so remarkable there really are no words to describe how committed he is to his children, to his family, to his own sense of honor. This father is doin’ good and is humble to boot because braggin’ about all he does just isn’t his style.
This father lives with his wife and two daughters, he’s a man’s man totally outnumbered by the females in his life and he LOVES it, wouldn’t have it any other way.
Every weekday morning he gets up before the sun does and whether he packs himself a lunch or not, he makes sure to make a lunch for his eldest daughter to take to school. He doesn’t have to do this, he could ask his wife to do it or he could make his eldest who isn’t all that elderly at almost 7 years old do it for herself, but nope, he does it even though it means he gets to sleep a little less because of it.
He works hard at his job. HARD. It’s a job he loves, his dream job even, but it’s very physical and demanding. When he’s done with work, he picks up his youngest from preschool and always makes sure to have a snack for her because that 4 year old will lose her mind if she doesn’t get a snack on the way home.
Once he gets home, you’d think he’d just want to bathe and rest and maybe he does, maybe there is a part of him that does want to just zonk out in front of the TV and do nothing, but that’s not what he ends up doing. On most evenings he ends up cooking the whole family dinner. It’s not that his wife can’t cook, she can and sometimes she does it’s just that he’s an AMAZING cook and it’s one of the ways that he gives love to his family.
The rest of the evening goes by in a blur as he gets himself ready for the next day while still managing to play with his girls before they go to bed.
His weekends? Well, let’s just say his weekends are pretty much all about his girls. He takes them places, has adventures with them, teaches them about nature and amazes his wife with his dedication to being there for his family because she didn’t grow up with a father like this and she’s so happy for her daughters.
This father is amazing and I wondered if he had any idea just how amazing he is so I asked him. I asked him how he thought he was doing by his family and he said, “Medium. I think I’m doing medium.”
He told me that he worries about the long term, that he wants to provide for his children in the long term and he doesn’t feel he’s doing that now, but he’s grateful for the now and the time he gets to spend with them and that he gives them as much love as he can and that he’s open with them and that he’s present.
I love this man! Adore this man! I’m inspired by this father because he’s the father of my two daughters and in all honesty and with no exaggeration I can tell you that his “medium” is “GREAT” by us.
I want to take a moment to celebrate every single father out there who is doin’ good and somehow thinks they could still do better. Thank you papás for being there, for changing the world one child at a time.
Please watch the video below and then share it with friends and family in your life who could use a reminder that they, too, are doing a great job as a parent because kids don’t always tell you what a great job you’re doing even when they think you are doing a GREAT job.
Tell me about someone you know who is doing a better job as a parent than he/she might think.
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