This video is a great reminder of how much I love and adore my kids. I work extra hard to spend quality time with them every chance I get. Whether it’s helping with their homework, playing video games or eating dinner together as a family.
I always do my best to simply be around them.
This is one of my biggest fears. To watch my children grow up without me. As a parent, I know I need to work. I have to pay the bills and put food on the table but I also have an obligation to be a parent first and foremost.
We need to make the most of the quality time we have for kids. They may or may not feel it right now but if we never make the time or effort, the day will come when they’ll resent us for it.
I’m speaking from experience…
I don’t remember anything good about my so-called dad. No quality time at all. I was told he was an amateur boxer, retired from the Navy and worked in the shipyards for a company called NASSCO. That’s what I was told. What I actually remember, however, is being afraid every time I heard his car pull up in the driveway .
What did I do wrong this time?
He abused my brothers and I repeatedly. I watched him beat my mother and remember a time when he ripped the phones out of the wall before I could call the police.
I really don’t remember a single good thing about that man. What I do know is that he died young. More importantly, I also knew that I would never be anything like him. I’m a much better father because of him and for that reason alone, I am grateful.
Daddy is a hero. My alter ego is “Captain Quality Time”.
My older son plays basketball. I am his coach. My younger son plays the saxophone at school. I listen to him practice. They’re both in the boy scouts which means camping trips as a family and my daughter does Taekwondo. Guess who her biggest fan is? This guy (as I point two thumbs at myself)…and her mother!
This is how a parent should be remembered. As a father, or mother, who took the time to make each moment count. All we can do is try.
Oh, and by the way, before you have to ask, yes, daddy has a job. 8 to 10 hours a day, 50+ hours a week. I get tired and exhausted like everyone else but I love the way my kids look up to me…
I am their hero and would hate to disappoint them.
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