The Gift of my Children's Love

Dr. Juli Slattery, Thriving Family

Several years ago, while my dad and I were chatting, he asked, "Juli, do you know what the best gift I ever received was?" I listened as he explained, "Your mother gave me the gift of my children's love."

With tears in his eyes, my dad told how busy he had been while my five siblings and I were young children. "Your mom could have turned your hearts against me. Instead, she always spoke highly of me, painting the picture of a hero in your eyes. All six of my children love me, and I have her to thank."

I'll never forget that conversation. The truth my dad spoke is a constant reminder that my words and attitudes have a lasting impression on the way my children view their father...