Mom is the winner…

March 30, 2012 · 1 comment

in Dad Teaching Moments, Learning on the job

I often sing the Bill Cosby song that inspires this blog…”Dad is great!  He gives us chocolate cake.”   But many years ago I was trying to encourage my kids to appreciate their mother more.  Being a fantastic cook, I added my own line to Mr. Cosby’s song as a tribute to her…”Dad is great!  He gives us chocolate cake.  But Mom is the winner.  She makes us better dinner!” Corny and cheesy I know, but my kids have had fun with that over the years.

My wife truly is the winner this week as she reminded me of a valuable lesson in parenting.  My kids have all fallen in love with “The Hunger Games.”  They all read all three books, they went to the midnight premiere, have seen it two more times since, and we sit at the dinner table and debate the meanings of different parts of the movie.  The third time they saw the movie was this past Tuesday, when our local Regal Cinemas charges only $5 for all movies all day long.  Because my kids are on spring break this week, they decided they wanted to see “The Hunger Games” again, but the show they decided to attend was the 9:45pm showing.

The kids invited my wife to the late show with them.  Now, my wife is one of the hardest working people I know.  She rarely can sit still and constantly needs to be doing something.  She’s also working full time right now and usually gets to bed early.  Knowing she was scheduled to work the next day, I encouraged her to stay home so she could get a good night’s rest.  After considering my suggestion, she decided to ignore me (which is not unusual) and went to the movie.  I tried pressing her until she finally said the following, and this is the great lesson I learned:

“I’m doing this for the memories with my girls.  Who knows how many more times I’ll get to go to a movie with them.”

It stopped me in my tracks and I appreciated her so much more that night than ever.  That is why we do some of the fun things with our kids.  It’s for the memories.  It’s bonding time.  It provides opportunities for conversation.  And on that night, all of that was more important than sleep for my wife.

I hope I remember that always and that I’ll have the strength to always consider my kids’ needs over my own.

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Rakeshg September 17, 2015 at 12:51 am

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