I chased my kids across cement pool decks convinced they would rearrange their teeth with a single misstep. And just when one child was old enough to understand the rules, the next was ripe and ready to give me a workout.
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When our children are in the baby pool, we are in it together.
I came to dread the lessons. The water made James more timid then I had expected, and I didn't know that in order to father him through his fears, I'd have to let go of mine.
As with the division of labor within marriage, I'm a big believer that - it's best to be honest as a parent about which tasks you like and which tasks you find onerous.
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