Dear TRex,

I know you’re not even two years old yet. And I know you don’t understand, but there’s a reason I made you pick up the Duplos you threw out of frustration when they were not sticking correctly. You have to try one more time.

Life’s tough buddy.

I’ll be the first to tell you that you won’t have some of the same financial or educational advantages as your cousins or classmates/peers. Don’t get me wrong; you/we have a lot. However, we, mom and dad,  just don’t have enough to provide you every opportunity.

And that’s ok.

Because one day you’re going to find yourself competing against some of these more privileged people – at what, I don’t know – but you’ll try your hardest. You’ll put your everything into whatever it is you’re doing, and guess what? You’ll fail. Other times, and yes, there will be other times, you may get hurt. Bad things may happen to you. Bad things happen to us. Regardless, you will feel lost, alone, and defeated.

Whatever situation it is you find yourself in, you can 'one more time' your way through it. @fathersaurus Click To Tweet

And again, that’s ok. Because that’s when the magic starts.

That’s when all those times you picked up those Duplos will come back to you and help guide you through, what I’m terming, the ‘difficult.’  I know it sounds, or seems, overtly simple, but what I’m doing, or what I hope I’m doing, is instilling in you the notion that ‘one more time’ can trump whatever it is you’re facing. Whatever disadvantages you have, whatever it is you’ve inherited, whatever the situation you find yourself in, you can ‘one more time’ your way through it.

And if not…

Well, try one more time.

What is GetConnectDAD?

@GetConnectDAD is an international project focused on One goal:  More ConnectDAD families.   We are 150 writers from around the world, focused on 52 Traits we want in our children.

The GetConnectDAD team would like to challenge every parent to:

  • Devote 1 Extra Hour of Time each week to your kids (uninterrupted)
  • Read 1 story or have 1 story read to you by your child this week 
  • Take 1 Walk outside with your partner and kids
  • Take 1 moment to say “I love you” to your kids
  • Hug your kid(s) 1 time this week
  • Engage Your Family In your Faith