Sunday, April 27, 2014

Letters from Dad: #14

(Once a month, I invite Sean to take over the blog and write a little note to our kids. I love that he is willing to leave little nuggets of wisdom for them to look back on when they are older!

Dear Kids,

Once I heard of a principle called H.A.L.T.   H.A.L.T. stands for hungry, angry, lonely, tired. Strange factoid to start a letter with isn’t it? I’m bringing this up because it has been a loooooonnng week. Everyone in this house has been sick except me, and Daddy is tired. 

Basically, what this principle says is to not let yourself become one of the things. Kind of hard to avoid being tired when you have three-year-old quadruplets, especially when they are sick.

Daddy tries to be calm and cool all the time, but I know I’m not. I wish I was. I know there have been times when I have lost my cool this week and raised my voice. Not cool. I wish I wasn’t like that. I will try to be better.

I read this blog post earlier this week. The truth is no matter, how your mother and I parent, there will always be someone who disagrees with us. No matter what we do, you will grow up to be flawed individuals. You might be awesome flawed individuals, but flawed none-the-less. Parenting is all about trying to do the best you can. Our parents before us tried to do their best. I like to think I turned out pretty awesome. They might look back and wish they had done certain things differently. I know I will and do, but unfortunately you can’t change time. We can try to make amends though and heal hurts.

Sorry for not being super daddy all the time.



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  1. Nobody's perfect, you just have to do your best! Thanks for sharing, love the H.A.L.T idea.

  2. It's a nice idea to think that two flawed (and completely normal for it) individuals could cancel one another out and create the perfect being -- but it's just not true. Humans are flawed. They will make more flawed humans. Best we can do is love one another and raise one another up along the way. Your letters are doing just that.


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