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October 02, 2008

Trying to be a good father

Sometimes parenting can be difficult. You wonder if you're making an impact, you're annoyed at yourself for not doing what you should, you're distracted, or losing patience.

Most of the time parenting is a joy. You get to view things through your child's eyes, you get to tangibly feel this deep well of love that you've built up over time. You have this little person that you just adore and have adored since they were born. There is no other relationship like that. I love to share most of my life with my kids.

But then, there are times when it goes above joy into pure... euphoria. When all of your efforts to be a good parent pay off, and it's obvious that the things you have done have worked, the investments you've made pay dividends. Today my daughter Lyric had a very difficult day. Actually, back it up, she had a very difficult two days, and yesterday fed into today. I don't want to get into details because it's her business and she is a very personal person, but I decided to talk to her as the best father I could be.

And it really worked out. She came alive, and I could just tell she was hearing everything and taking it in. After we talked, she played this song that's been one of "our songs" since she was literally one year old. It's called Snuggle Puppy.

These are the moments you remember forever.

Posted by jason on October 2, 2008 12:30 AM

Comments

I love Snuggle Puppy!

So cool that you guys had that time; sorry that Lyric has been having a tough few days, though...

Posted by: jessica on October 2, 2008 01:14 AM

I am so sorry that Lyric is having a tough time! But I'm glad she has you and Darby. I hope today is a better day.

Posted by: Mom on October 2, 2008 08:58 AM

Thats a really sweet story... its so awesome when you can have moments like that with your kids

Posted by: jason j on October 2, 2008 03:28 PM

Those moments when you can really be there for your child and connect with him/her are beyond words! It's one of those amazing perks of being a parent! I hope tomorrow is a better day for Lyric!

Posted by: kathiek on October 2, 2008 08:20 PM

Oh snuggle puppy of mine. I love hat song. I also adore Lyric. You are a great dad, Jase.

Posted by: mers on October 3, 2008 09:58 AM

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