Many of you know Vivian is our newest daughter joined Team Palko a couple weeks ago.
And those who are parents know, the first few
weeks (and months) can be challenging. Though Cheri does most of the work, I do my fair share.
The good thing about getting up to help burp, change a loaded diaper and clean up spit-up is this …
Holding the little one gives me time to pause and quietly say thanks to my parents for having done the same for me.
It all gets passed forward.
Starting when I was just a 10lb 10oz Palkster newborn.
Then giving me all the tools I need to be a great husband, father and friend to my wife and kids.
Some parents try and keep the separation between parent/friend with their kids. It will be interesting to
see how I handle this approach. My dad was always so easy to get
along with. Growing up, I could talk with him about athletics,
cute chicks and the challenges I faced.
Though I don’t have boys to create this bond with, I’m quickly developing it with
our girls. It is slightly different though.
Take time to give your parents or care givers thanks.
Maybe you don’t get along with your parents or whoever raised you. Maybe you do. In either case,
know this – there were many late nights where they fed you, changed your stinky diapers, cleaned up your spit up – bleary eyed and all. Then got up to go to work the next day, bags under their eyes to put food on the table for you.
All without you ever knowing.
And next time you talk â€“ thank ‘em for it.
Ps. Thanks Mom and Dad.