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Have you had one of those moments when one of your kids amazed you with how grown up they seem, how articulate they are, or how mature they’ve become, as if you missed a few years of their development somehow? And there they are now, standing before you as a wonderful young man or woman. Where did the time go?
Who is this lovely creature?
I had that experience last May when my two oldest boys, JD and Cal, now sixteen and almost fifteen, went to their spring formal dressed in sport coats and ties. I looked at these two handsome young men in wonder. And truly they looked like men, and they carried themselves that way. I shook my head, and I felt so proud of them.
I had that wonder-filled experience again a few weeks ago when a friend of mine, Dr. Lori, suggested she interview my youngest son, Kai, about an experience he and I had with one of my painting customers (I’m bi-vocational). She heard Kai tell the story earlier and thought it would be great for other dads to hear. They had so much fun planning it together, and the idea quickly grew to include several other subjects, all related to The Great Dads Project.
I shot the video, and stood there with my mouth hanging open most of the time. I could hardly believe this was my little twelve-year-old son still in braces. His thoughts, ideas, suggestions, insights, humor, and his way with words floored me. Seriously, this kid could be an actor. He was so comfortable on camera, and carried himself with such poise, grace, and presence. I’m not kidding. I know, I’m his dad, I’m bound to think he’s great. But seriously, check this out for yourself, and see if you don’t think he’s as great as I do. Enjoy.
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To read more from Keith, take a look at his book:
- 3 Good Things
- Father Hunger
- Great Dad Tip: Shaping Character through Another Teachable Moment
- Great Dad Tip: Shaping Character through Teachable Moments
- Great Dad Tip: Shaping Character
- Great Dad Tip: Should I Help My Kids with Their Homework, or Not?
- Great Dad Tip: Playfully Share Your Passions with Your Kids
- Great Dad Tip: Playful Parenting—Notes on the Seminar
- Great Dad Tip: Playful Parenting—Part II