Thanks to MetLife for sponsoring today’s discussion. All thoughts are my own.
When I became a parent, my whole world changed. In an instant I knew what it meant to love someone so much more than yourself. My heart grew more than I ever thought possible. And I have learned what it meant for my parents to always put their kids first. I grew up in a happy home with two parents who always supported me, spent time with me and showed a lot of love. But it wasn’t without sacrifice. Throughout most of my life, my dad worked two jobs so that my mom could stay home with us. He never complained. He never acted as though it was too much, or he wished things were different. He just did it. And as a parent of three children of my own, I feel like I finally understand him.
He worked extra hard so my sister and I could come home after school to someone waiting for us. So that when we were sick, we always had our mom by our side. So that a homemade sit down dinner with the family every day was normal. He always put family first, because family was so important to him. He didn’t grow up in the same loving environment I did. He made sure we never went without anything, including having a parent who could always be there for us, even if wasn’t him. I can’t thank him enough for his sacrifices.
When I look at my three boys, all I really want for them is to be happy. To grow up knowing that they are loved unconditionally, and no matter what, their parents will always be there. And if that means giving things up for myself, so be it. I gladly put them first.
MetLife’s “My Dad’s Story – Dream For My Child” video is a great example of the sacrifices we make for our children. I dare you to watch this and not get choked up.
This video reminded me of the sacrifices my dad made for me, and how he put his kids first. How can I not respond to the obvious devotion of this dad and his daughter? That video is full of love.
What kind of sacrifices have you made for your children? Did your parents inspire you?
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