Lately, my 7-year-old daughter has been throwing some attitude that makes me tremble in fear at the thought of her teenage years. The other night, I asked her to help me clear the table after dinner, a request that earned me an eye roll of Lindsay Lohan proportions.
I launched immediately into full-blown scold mode, lecturing her on respect and the importance of contributing around the house. As I lit into her, I caught a glimpse of my husband in the other room. His head was cocked to one side and his bottom lip was stuck out. The message he was sending me over my little girl's head was unmistakable: "Aw, hon. Give her a break."
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My husband is a sucker. Especially for 4-foot-tall blondes with blue puppy dog eyes.
When we first started dating, his laid-back personality was one of the things that led me past our initial attraction and into the level of love and respect that made me realize that this was the man I wanted to spend my life with. He rarely gets frustrated, and always takes life in stride. He also has a huge heart; if we had the bedrooms and the food budget, we would probably adopt every stray child and dog in the state. I love these things about my husband. When It Comes To Parenting, Give Dad A Chance
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Most of the time.
I love how calmly he reacts when his car is broadsided by a bicycle. I love how he's ready to hug me well before I'm done yelling during a fight. What I don't love is how his chill approach to life has him giving the kids a raised eyebrow and a head shake when I think they need a timeout.