My son and I just got back from a long weekend of turkey hunting (turns out it was not a weekend of turkey killing, but awesome nonetheless). More new content next week, but in honor of a full weekend great times and a few mistakes here and there, I thought I would pull this one up out of the archive.
There was the time my son watched 2 straight hours of Ultimate Spider-Man while my fingers pecked away at emails and a memo for a client.
There was the time I forgot about his spelling test the next day and I did not review the words with him.
Stop and think about the times you wish you could hit the redo button with your kids.
Did any involve something you said to them? Did you exact too harsh a punishment without explanation? Let them get too close to danger? Did you mIss an opportunity to have a teachable moment?
All of those might resonate with you (or will resonate one of these days), so what do we do about them?
Live, learn and let go.
We make a big mistake by worrying about our parental missteps and holding on to them. We must recognize we will stumble and fall as parents, but we can pick ourselves up and learn from those failures.
Maybe the guilt associated with our kids not having a mom around most or all of the time eats at us and magnifies our mistakes. Maybe our drive as providers kicks in to overdrive as single dads (along with hyper-criticism of our performance).
Whatever your mistakes, learn from them and become a better dad. Kids can forgive and, based on what my son told me, understand we do not get it right every time.
What was a mistake you made and what was your lesson-learned?