There is a song that every time i hear it, it brings tears to my eyes. That song is “Cats in the Cradle” by Harry Chapin. It is a song about something that happens too often in our society today. Our families, and especially our children are attention deprived while we work harder and harder.
My mission is that the song Cats in the Cradle never becomes a reality for any father. In this video, I sing the main verses and break down the song and also explain my journey through it. (Post continues after the video)
The reality is, this does not have to be the way it is. We can incorporate our children into our work (see LinkedIn article). We can have family athletic activities like Karate for our exercise. We just need to make sure that we are conscious of our choices. There is always something else that needs to be done. Work will always be there. Your children will be grown and gone before you know it. I know this from personal experience. I feel I looked up from my computer and my daughters were suddenly young women, no longer the image of the little girls in my mind. My sons are half way to adults already.
So please, step away from the desk. Put down the phone. Turn off the clamor of unimportant things for your attention.
Say hello to your family. Let them know how much you love them with what they really need. Your attention!