I Won’t Ever Give Up Trying to be A Good Parent

But day in and day out, there is always one person who looks up to us. There is that one person who looks at us and knows that we won’t give up trying to be the best parents in the world.


Let me be the first to admit, I’m not always a good dad. I fully recognize that. I have my days and I’m sure that most of us do as well. It’s a natural part of parenting. But I won’t ever give up trying to be a good parent.

While I may not be the best father, my son understands that I am doing my best. He knows that even if I have a bad day, that the next day I could have some incredible moments in parenting that those so called “experts” only wish they could have.

I try. But we all know that parenting is hard. There are times that I can’t even believe that we are adding a second child to the craziness that already exists in our house. Yet, there I go again, giving the second child the second child treatment. And again, I feel like a bad parent for doing that to a child who hasn’t even made their first breath in this scary world.

But I won’t ever give up.

No matter how difficult parenting is, I won’t ever give up being the parent that I have always wanted to be. The dad who is involved in the PTA, coaching their kids in sports, and being that dad who is on the floor playing board games enjoying this thing we call parenting.

Give Up

I won’t ever give up.

So many times, I have raised my voice when my son wouldn’t wash his hair during his bath. After asking him so many times to pick up his toys that I am constantly kicking around the floors have I yelled at him and sent him to time out because I asked him 4 or 5 times to do it.

It is all part of the territory as a parent. We strive to be the best parents that we can be yet there are days, sometimes even weeks where we go being what we consider the worst parent in the world.

But day in and day out, there is always one person who looks up to us. There is that one person who looks at us and knows that we are the best parents in the world. Sure, someday they will call us the worst parents in the world. Eventually though, they will realize that the parents they had, are the only parents they will have, and are the best parents that they could have.

I won’t ever give up.

My son wakes up daily, to me tickling him to wake him up. It eventually turns to me getting stern with him as he fights to get dressed. Even though he doesn’t want to get up and get dressed for school, he knows that he has to. He knows that as his dad, these are the things that I have to do, that includes waking him up to go to school. He knows that even though I might raise my voice or get onto him for what seems like the simplest of tasks, that I will always love him.

He knows that, I am striving to be the best parent that I can be. He knows that much like himself, I have my days. Even though he has his days, he can count on me to be there to support him when he needs it. I know that even though he has his days, I can count on him to be that sweet loving child when the time is needed.

I won’t ever give up.

There is a reason I won’t giving up. It is the face that wakes me up in the middle of the night. It is the face of a child in the bath who won’t wash his hair despite my endless asking him to. It is the face of a child who runs into the a pile of leaves that I have raked only to have to rake them back up. I’m not ever giving up because of that face.

I’m not ever giving up because there is a child who has yet to be met. I won’t ever give up because that child, much like my son, knows that I won’t ever give up being the best parent that I can bed.

I won’t ever give up.

The Rookie Dad

The Rookie Dad is father of 2, husband, TV Producer, runner, and co-founder of Dads Round Table and a contributor to Traveling Dad and Good Men Project.

2 Comments

  1. You’re right – we owe it to our kids to never give up. That’s some major motivation.
    Great picture!

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