Greetings Asset Builders… I received a comment from a Calgary Dad which referenced the recent Mime Blog on this website. Here’s his comment and my response!
FROM CALGARY….“I must tell you I had a “bad DAD” moment last week. As soon as I did it, albeit obviously too late, I apologized. I guess it’s all part of the process, you all make mistakes at times (both parents and kids) but it is important to recognize it and learn from it., but I should have been a Mime…”
K.P. RESPONSE……..I had a quick chuckle over your “Bad Dad moment.” Not because they’re funny or foreseeable…… but because they are so easily recognized by those of us who have gone before you. One dad who approached me a few years ago asking for advice said… “Keith… sometimes I think I was put on this earth to serve as a warning to other parents!”
We’ve all been there…done it! It’s a lousy feeling but welcome to the club. There is a high side though to us blundering our way through parenthood. When we make a mistake it can offer an important teachable moment for our kids. What better opportunity to teach our kids how to apologize than an honest…“David/Mary “There’s something I’d like to talk to you about. Sometimes dads are wrong and this time I was wrong. I didn’t listen or understand before blaming you for whatever did or didn’t happen. You did the right thing by defending yourself and helping me understand your side of the story. I apologize for what I said. From now on let’s both agree to listen more carefully, because in life there will always be differences and while you and I may not always like what we say or do to each other…I just want you to know I’ll always love you!”
In life, it’s sometimes when we are at our worst that the greatest opportunities present themselves to teach our kids important lessons, in this case, apologizing and forgiving….Thanks for a great example of a dad doing it well!