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I'm terrified of my daughters

Hey, it's Andy here. I'm too lazy (read: don't know how) to set up a website or blog myself so I figured I'd just hack into Jenny's one to write now and again. And by 'hack', I actually mean: "Hey babe, can you login into your website and create a new page for me?"

Anyhow, a bit about me. I grew up with 2 brothers and never had much interaction with girls until my adult years. I did live with my niece and help out with looking after her while she was growing up, but we all know that kind of responsibility is completely different compared to what the responsibilities of being an actual parent are. Bottom line is: I am terrified when I think of the responsibility that comes with raising 3 daughters.

While I’m the first to admit that I have got a damn lot to learn when it comes to being the best dad I can be; I am absolutely positive about a few things when it comes to my daughter’s upbringing.

  • I will not encourage them with “you can be anything you want to be”

  • I will teach them that hard work, perseverance & giving it their best is what matters

  • I will let them know that it’s okay to fail and that they should use it as an opportunity to learn from their mistakes

Life is going to be full of all kinds of experiences, good and bad. I want my girls to understand that life isn’t always going to be rainbows and butterflies. I want them to be emotionally strong enough to deal with life’s invetiable moments of sadness and unfairness. What defines a person isn’t how they are during the periods of time when things are rosy and going well; but rather how they act when things aren’t going their way.

So I want my girls to know that life will go on; that there’s always a brighter side; that it could always be worse; and that no matter what, that I will always love them.

L-R: Maddison, Andy, Mabel and Mikayla


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