Is this brand new information to anyone??
- Standing up for yourself is necessary
- My Dad was scarier than Tony
- Moms are soft, Dads are hard (at least in my case)
- Tony shouldn’t have come over when I called to him
My approach to child-rearing is very different than my wife’s. If there’s a puddle to be jumped in, a tree to climb, or a fear to be faced – I’m your guy. If you want to snuggle, or need over-protection, call Beth. That’s not to say she isn’t adventurous. Our recent pie-fight was her idea. She is itching to take them whitewater rafting and across the Knife’s Edge on Mt. Katahdin. But when the kids want to go outside on an adventure, they go with me. When they get hurt, they crawl over me to get to her. I’m generally better with Woo-hoos, she’s better with boo-boos.
Mom even kept her composure when we were circling the cove. After all these years, at least she trusts me. There are lots of other ways that Dads are different than Moms, and if I can find the pictures of me throwing the kids high into the air when they were toddlers, I’ll share those later.I guess at the end of the day, it’s the parents’ job to give their kids the two most important things they can give their children – roots and wings. They need to feel secure in themselves, feel loved in their homes, but not be afraid to venture so far out to sea that they can’t see the shore. Cliche? Obviously, but for good reason. It rings true.