Tuesday, February 5, 2013

What they learn from Daddy

Fathers are different from mothers.  They look different, they sound different, they play in a different way, and they usually have a different approach to raising children than a mother does. And that's a good thing.

Experts say that children who grow up with involved, caring fathers in the home are more likely to have better educational outcomes, higher IQs, as well as better linguistic and cognitive capacities.  Furthermore, children who have involved fathers are more likely to be emotionally secure, be confident to explore their surroundings, and, as they grow older, have better social connections with peers. These children also are less likely to get in trouble at home, school, or in the neighborhood.  I certainly hope that is all true for our family.

Brian is most certainly that type of father.  Loving, involved, nurturing and caring.  He adores each of his children down to his bones & to the deepest part of his heart.  And just as important to his love for them, is the love they have for him.  He is their hero.  He is their daddy.
The influence Brian has on what the kids learn each day is tremendous.  For example, this is what has recently come out of each of my children's mouths... and I can assure you it is what they learned from their Daddy:
  • Chop-Chop, Mama!
  • Simma down, simma down now! (said in the voice of SNLs Cheri Oteri)
  • S'Up? (not to be confused with "what's up?)
  • What's shak'in Hot Mama?
  • Ball'in (said quite frequently when they are playing basketball & soccer)
See what I mean?  These phrases are 100% Brian.  And now I have 3 more little Brians running around sounding just like him.

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