Being a parent is by far the most rewarding accomplishment in my life. I am blessed with a wonderful and supportive wife, and an amazing daughter. The day Kaitlyn was born was the most amazing day of my life, and also the scariest; all of a sudden I was partly responsible for shaping the life of my daughter. What a tremendous change in the way I lead my life.
Every day since that day has been its own reward. Kaitlyn has blossomed into an amazing little girl, even though she can be a handful at times. Every day has been a challenge as well as I try to be the best dad I can be, and be worthy of being Kaitlyn’s daddy.
While Amber and I try to be fair with how we reward Kaitlyn’s behavior, I learned the other day that Kaitlyn is equally as capable of providing the rewards on occasion. As we were leaving for school Friday, I had her gather up her stuff so that we could walk to the car. She asked if I would carry her, and I responded by saying she could walk just fine, thank you. Her response melted me on the spot. She came back with, “but daddy, you are so strong!” What did I do? Of course I picked her up and carried her to the car…she gave me a wonderful reward and made my day, and it had barely started. As we were walking to drop off some things at her classroom, she asked me to carry her to the early morning room, and followed it with, “I am cold and you will make me warm if you carry me.” Again, she got what she wanted. Everyone I have told that story to has told me that she suckered me, and that may be true, but I will only have so many opportunities to carry her to the car and to class, and I intend to take them…my rewards.
One of the most effective ways we have found in getting Kaitlyn to listen to us is putting on music by Sugarland. Just tonight, Kaitlyn was a little wound up (as usual), and Amber found a Sugarland concert on TV, and Kaitlyn sat and watched them perform. Sadly, there were some commercials, so her calmness only lasted a short time.
I am today what I have always been meant to be…a husband and a father. I work each day at being the best of both for the two most important people in my life, and they reward me each day with unconditional love and acceptance.