Don’t think your kids don’t notice if you’re bored.

November 1, 2010 at 2:42 pm 3 comments

Either be there, or don’t be there!   Halloween last night. I overheard five Dads talking to each other about how they wished the Trick or Treating would end. Their kids were loving it. They wanted to go home. They were bored. I wanted to ask these Dads what bored them about their kids. Was it their laughter? Their happy painted faces? Either be there with them or don’t be there. No need to tell your kids that you don’t want to be with them. They already know. It’s heart-breaking.


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  • 1. jenkline75  |  November 2, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    That is so sad! I feel sorry for the kids but even more so for the dads. Before they know it, the kids will be gone and they will be wanting those moments back. 😦

    • 2. liveresponsibly  |  November 3, 2010 at 12:05 am

      Sad indeed. These Dads will want these moments back when they least expect it. Probably when they overhear something their child says about their absentee Dad. And worst of all, these children will possibly consider this emotional distance to be the norm, and behave in the same way to their kids. What do these Dad’s feel they are ‘paying forward?’

  • 3. psoutowood  |  November 2, 2010 at 10:52 pm

    Yeah, that’s definitely a downer. If you can’t relive the excitement of Halloween through your kids, you’re really missing out on the fun of being a parent. Hey, it’s got costumes, wandering in the dark, and candy, what more do you want?


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