My husband has made plenty of parenting mistakes like everyone else, but he has consistently done something that makes him a better parent and spouse than I am. When one of his brood is out and about he will wait up until everyone that lives in his house has returned home safely. He doesn’t only do this once in a while. He always does it regardless of how late someone is out.
I know you can probably figure out why this is special to us, but just in case you don’t understand let me tell you why we love that he does this. I have always been a morning person, so if you need my help from 6 a.m.-3 p.m., I’m the one for you. After that time, my energy starts to wane, and by 9 p.m. I’m fading on the couch. I couldn’t stay up late waiting for you to come home if my life depended on it, but I know that having someone waiting to make sure you come home safe makes you feel protected, safe, and loved.
My youngest told me that her boyfriend was surprised the first time she told him she had to go home because her dad was waiting for her. He said, “You have a curfew?”. She said, “No, but he’ll stay up until I’m home, so I don’t want to keep him waiting.” She likes the fact that her dad cares about her and wants to know she is home safe. She also likes having someone to share her adventure du jour. Dad is willing to stay up a little longer to hear a few stories before heading off to bed.
I often hear people say that giving your time is the best gift a parent can give, and I agree because what my husband does for his family has made a lasting impression on his family.