I say it all the time. I love being a dad.
It’s the most rewarding thing I’ve ever done – while also being the most difficult. But there’s been no better set of lessons for me in my own life – and in my spiritual growth – than watching my kids and the affect I have on their development. I’ve learned again and again that their behaviors…their moods…their acting out and the like are more often a reflection of something inside me than it is in them. At least that’s how it is having young kids.
Now, to do my own work so that my shortcomings don’t become their’s long-term (which is something I think happens through prolonged reinforcement of my shortcomings).