Everything I know about Parenthood, I learned from Jack Burton

In Editorial, Movie by Chris

    Jack Burton:
    “I’m gonna tell you about an accident, and I don’t wanna hear ‘act of God!'”
Jack taught me to never expect the whole truth.

Some really great dads helped me understand that children idolize their parents. We are their heroes. With this in mind, I’ve learned that those little fibs my son tells me aren’t signs he’s a bad kid; he just doesn’t want to disappoint his parents. You know that old saying, “I’m not mad at you, just disappointed.” I don’t want to travel down that road. As a result, I try to curb rash emotional responses to untruthful kids.

Jack Burton Big Trouble In Little China
    Jack Burton:
    “This is Jack Burton in the Pork Chop Express, and I’m talkin’ to whoever’s listenin’ out there.”
Jack taught me to ask nicely for attention.

Is it just me, or is getting the kids ready in the morning, a brutally challenging task? I mean, how many different ways you can ask your child to put their shoes on? Apparently, there are seventeen. I counted. But that’s when I had an epiphany. Children don’t want to be talked at, they want to be heard. When you’ve answered their needs, your requests become much more respected.

Jack Burton Big Trouble In Little China
    Jack Burton:
    “Like I told my last wife, I says, ‘Honey, I never drive faster than I can see. Besides that, it’s all in the reflexes.'”
Jack taught me to be on my toes.

How fast can you slap a band-aid on that inevitable, daily injury? A few seconds is all it takes before my kid discovers blood (or not) and has a full-blown meltdown. Seriously, the sight of blood is a life-altering event in our home. Band-aids, whether needed or not, are like little plastic miracles. Kisses help, but to be a pro, you need a pack of those life saving devices stocked in every room of your house. Run, don’t walk, when the kiddos take a spill.

Jack Burton Big Trouble In Little China
    Jack Burton:
    “When some wild-eyed, eight-foot-tall maniac grabs your neck, taps the back of your favorite head up against the barroom wall, and he looks you crooked in the eye and he asks you if ya paid your dues, you just stare that big sucker right back in the eye, and you remember what ol’ Jack Burton always says at a time like that: ‘Have ya paid your dues, Jack?’ ‘Yessir, the check is in the mail.'”
Jack taught me to be proud of the accomplishments.

Through bad times and good, raising kids is the most challenging and rewarding job I’ve ever had. It’s easy to get wrapped up in daily routines and chores. But I never lose focus of what’s important and we celebrate often.

Jack Burton Big Trouble In Little China
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