These times are trying and testing some of our limits as parents. The last thing we need to do is take our frustration on our kids. I have always said that we must be ready and prepared when things don't go our way. For example, we have this ongoing pandemic that has shown us that we need to be ready in every area of our lives. That is physically, mentally, financially, and well supplied with food supplies. It is a scary time, at least for us it was in the beginning, mostly because of the uncertainty and how food started to go off the shelves faster than the restocking rate. With that being said, our kids see and experience this worldwide event in a different way. We haven't been able to go to the playground, go out with friends, or go on a trip. That is why taking some time out of your day to sit down and talk with your kids is crucial. Not only is it something we should have been doing but it is something we as parents must do now more than ever. 

The best thing you can do with your kids is talking to them. I have made it my priority to spend some one on one time with them and don't go to sleep without doing so. Not only is this great for our relationship but also helps them communicate their frustrations and feelings. There are a lot of things to worry about and take care of as adults, but kids don't have the same worries, or any at all, which makes it crucial for us as parents to disconnect from work and problems to really be there for our kids. 

Bella will be 2 years old soon and she's in that phase where we need to be around her and can be very needy. I take time out of my day, even when I have a busy day, 5 minutes at least. But this is my priority. Making time for my kids, to talk, make crafts, draw, read a book, look at the sky, play outside, go for a drive, anything where I can give each one of them my undivided attention. They deserve the best of me and that's why I would like to urge all parents out there to dedicate some time out of the day to talk and be with your kids without interruptions. No phones, no tv, no distractions. A father's relationship with their kids has a great impact on our kids' personalities and confidence. 

I want my kids to be able to come to me with any questions, thoughts, worries, at any given time without fearing me lashing out or dismissing any doubts they may have. In order for them to become great, they need to learn and see by example what that looks like. It is a basic notion that often goes overlooked. Parenting. It's not only what makes out families better and stronger, but also a better society. I've taken everything my parents and their ancestors have taught them and want to carry all the great things and translate them on to my children in order to raise the next generation in the best possible way. So today, take 5 minutes out of you day to dedicate to your kids. Get to know them and allow them to know you as well. This is the beauty of fatherhood, but also what makes it challenging. Time. Get to know your kids and they will see you as the dad they can always go and look up to.