More Than Just Another Birthday – Art of Fatherhood

This week my oldest turns 13. I know that people will tell me to prepare myself as my child becomes a teenager. I understand that “funny” stereotype of a child going crazy as they enter their teen years. Yet as parents know each child is different. For me I feel that communication is key in any relationship. My wife and I try to have the lines of communications always open with our daughters. My oldest and I have a great relationship. We bond over comic book movies, Harry Potter and more. That is why I am excited for this milestone that will take place this week. 

The Years Fly By

A few weeks ago my family and I watched videos I made for my daughters’ birthdays. As we watched the videos from their earlier years I realized how fast time goes by the older you get. You start to realize that time is ticking faster to when your child will head off to college. There will be less time that we will get to hang out together. So as she approaches her 13th birthday I know that we need to make the most of every moment. It makes me happy that my daughter still wants to hang out with us. Soon she will be opting for more time with her friends. I know that time will come. It is part of the circle of life. So cherishing these moments is key. 

My Hope For Her As She Becomes A Teenager 

As she gets older I hope she is able to keep her independent spirit. I know that peer pressure will start to feel like a strong weight on her back. It happens to all of us at that age. We look to join a new tribe that goes beyond our family. We look to find a group of friends that can identity with us. My hope for her is that she doesn’t feel like she needs to change for anyone but herself. I want her to continue to question things as well. I hope she continues to ask my wife and I about all things in life as she does right now. Above all I hope she is excited for this new chapter in her life. 

Happy birthday Lil. 

4 thoughts on “More Than Just Another Birthday – Art of Fatherhood”

  1. What a great read Art! It is so true that time moves faster and faster as we get older. You are smart to understand at a much younger age than me and to appreciate the moments of time you spend with those you love.

    Tell her Happy birthday for Diane and I

    • Thank you for the kind words. I will definitely pass on the birthday wishes. Tell everyone I said hello.

  2. Awesome write up. I hope all those things too and I feel confident they will happen. Lily is a sweet sensitive girl who has had the best foundation from you and Jess.

    • Thank you so much for the kind words. It means a lot.


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