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Compelling Video Evidence of My Parental Ineptitude

My boys are whiz kids. But it was my fault.

As many of you already know, I went from carefree bachelor to the father of four within 13 months thanks to marrying a single mom then quickly conceiving triplets. When it came to parenting, I was baptized by fire. Which, of course, means that there were plenty of times when I got burned — mostly by errors born of my inexperience. Luckily, most of those errors were relatively benign ones.

Still, no one likes to make mistakes. And the last thing I want is for my kids to look back upon their childhood and remember me as an inept dad. That’s why I’ve always tried to approach fatherhood with humility and a sense of humor. Because with those two things, I’m hopeful my kids won’t ever recall me as inept. But rather as a guy who did his best to learn from his mistakes, and, when applicable, as a guy who did his best to laugh at them as well.

The good news is that my approach has yielded plenty of laughter. The bad news, however, is that much of that laughter has been as a result of one of my parental blunders.

And in an effort to learn from and laugh at such blunders, I’ve occasionally turned to the video camera. Which is what I did about a year ago, only the clip below was actually shot with my cell phone. It’s a little minute-and-a-half bit I like to call Whiz Kids.

Quick note: in it, I refer to my wife as “Lovie,” and my 9-year-old as “Pookie.” The clip details a little mishap that occurred one time when I was left alone in charge of the triplets. Only two of our trio are in the clip — my boys, “A” and “B.”

Oh. And for the record? This particular mistake hasn’t happened since. (Though now, it’s no longer an issue.)

Do you have any parenting mistakes that you hope your child forgets? Or are you like me in that you make so many, you can only hope to learn (and laugh) from them?

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