Eric and I watched a documentary the other night called "The Other F Word", and it's about old punkers we grew up listening to who are now Fathers (spoiler alert, that's the other F word). It was genuinely endearing and I would highly recommend a watching. But in an interview with Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers he made a comment (which also made him cry, d'aw) that kind of blew my mind (it doesn't take much, seriously). He said (and I'm ad libbing as I'm doing it from memory), 'There's a saying that parents often yell at/to their children along the lines of "I gave you life...blah, blah, blah". But I feel quite the opposite. My kids gave me life. Without them I am nothing.' Whoa. Who knew Flea was such a softy?
Seriously though, I'm notorious for preaching to people the importance of picking your battles, thus treating your kids the way you, yourself, want and expect to be treated. I think it's easier to tear a child down than to build them up. And as humans we tend to resort to the easiest route. I'm doing my damnedest to try to build my kids up. Sometimes at the chagrin of other adults around me, but whatever, they're my kids and I need to be able to sleep at night knowing I've treated them well. Don't get me wrong if they need a proper tearing down, I'll be the first one leading the troops in to do just that. I just think sometimes parents take their kids for granted and that makes me sad. So it was super nice to hear Flea sum up his feelings the way he did. I feel the same. My kids are my everything even if they don't always believe it.