As a father I have many dreams for my girls. I want them to grow up happy, healthy and educated. I want them to know love and be loved. I want them to want for nothing, but to be strong and ready for the world around them.
This being said I have to say that achieving this dream for my kids is not easy. You make sacrifices everyday as a parent to make sure that your kids achieve things that you may or may have not achieved yourself. The MetLife Video below is an amazing example of this. I watched this and by the end was very emotional. While I cannot say that I have gone through the same situations that the father in this did, I understand what he was doing and why he was doing it.
Take a moment to watch this yourself, as I would love to hear your own thoughts on what the video says and shows.
As I think about my own kids, there have been times that I have held back the truth. When things were not going right at work and I did not want to frighten them. As a parent you do this. You do what you have to to make sure that your kids are safe, happy and secure in their lives. Sometimes, this means that they do not always know everything. Is this wrong?
I for one, hope that my kids will learn from me that you have to work hard to achieve everything that you want in life. That you cannot expect things to just show up on a platter. Instead you have to work, learn and adapt, which is what I have had to do in my own life. This is something that I try to teach my girls on a daily basis in subtle ways. Through conversations, games and more I try and give them glimpses into my own background and as they get older I know that I will share even more with them so that they can understand everything about the world around them.
For now though, I still hold onto the hope that I can keep them young for a while longer and help them to still see dreams with eyes wide open.
Someday, as I see them graduating from college, getting married (maybe), having a successful career or other such milestones I can look back and say that all of the things that I did were worth the efforts (even though I know it now). In the future I will see the fruit of the efforts coming to fruition.
For now, the smile on my girls’ faces are all that I need!
What about you?
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