When your child is tired, do you carry him? When she skins her knee, do you kiss the booboo and make it better? Do you play “up in the air” or rock them if they’re colicky? Do you worry when they’re sick? Do you change their diapers when they’re really ripe? Do you make an emergency diaper run when you’re suddenly down to your last two?
Can’t cook? No problem. Do you let your little ones climb up in your lap to share a bowl of ice cream with you? Who wouldn’t love that?
Reading not your thing? No problem. Do you flop down on your child’s bed and make up stories? I’ll never forget my father doing that.
Not an outdoorsy kind of person? No problem. Do you lie in the grass some times and point to the fluffy cloud that looks like a giraffe… “Can you see it?” Or look at the stars at night and sing “Twinkle, twinkle” to your little one?
Can’t throw a ball? No problem. Do you tell your children “I love to watch you play?” Can you help them ride a bike? It means the world to them.
Are your children a little older? Can’t figure out the “new math” or the computer programs? No problem. Do you ask them to explain it to you? Our grandkids are light years ahead of us and they love explaining to Grandpa how things work. He turns to me and asks, “Were we ever half that smart?”
You don’t need to be brilliant or an athlete or a movie star. If you show them you love them, you’ll always be a superhero to your children.