I am sure most parents will understand what I mean when I say that I have found that once a day my kids do something that makes me happy, and once a day they do something that makes me angry. And once a day they do something that makes me laugh, and once a day they make me want to cry. And they make me frustrated, and proud, and just about every emotion a person can feel. Once a day, or at least once a day.
But then there is something they do each day, whether it has been a good day or a bad day, which just amazes me and makes me say, “Man, that’s why I love being a parent.” Something that makes it all worthwhile, even, and perhaps especially, on days when you were beginning to wonder.
Today’s came at bedtime, when my 7-year old broke into a pretty darn good British accent out of nowhere, and kept it up, even as I asked her where she learned to do that and if she had done it before, and she claimed she had no idea. Lovely.
What was that moment for you today?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Kimball Crossley is a professional baseball scout, a high school basketball coach, and a father to two young girls. He also the author of the forthcoming children’s picture book, When I Am With Dad, which has a shared-custody theme. Update: When I Am With Dad was just published today, November 1, 2016. Let’s support a positive single-dad story! From the publisher: “Elizabeth is a girl who likes things just so. When she spends the day with Dad, sometimes things are a little bit different. She and her little sister, Lulu, take us through a day with Dad; and while everything may not be to Elizabeth’s taste, it’s about being with the person who loves you more than anything in the world. Learning to accept each other’s differences is all part of being in a family!”
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