6 Things You Never Want Your Kids To Stop Believing About You!

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"My dad can beat up your dad because my dad is the strongest dad in the world!" Remember saying that as a kid? It was normally stated in response to a friendly playground spat with another kid. A few years ago I heard my son say this to one of his friends about me. I smiled to myself and then thought, "Good. I want him to believe that. At least for a while."

Not because I want him to be afraid of me or anything (although some good ole healthy fear might go a long way in keeping him on the straight and narrow!). I just think it’s a good idea for him, along with his brothers and sisters, to always believe some universal things about their mom and dad. To this day, I still believe these things, to some degree, about my parents.

Here are 6 things you never want your kids to stop believing about you (at least while they are growing up!):

1- You have eyes in the back of your head.

We see everything, all the time, from all angles. My kids are dumbfounded when we catch them in a lie or can speak verbatim about some ding-dong choice they made. My personal belief is that God infuses parents with the ability to see through walls and read minds. My kids are believers in this. Thank you Jesus! 

2- You are omniscient.

In case you are unfamiliar with this glorious word, allow me to define- Om·nis·cient [om-nish-uhnt]  adjective. “Having complete or unlimited knowledge, awareness, or understanding; perceiving all things.” The quicker your children believe this about you, the easier your life will become. You will marvel at how quickly they give themselves up, fall on the proverbial sword of repentance, and surrender to your powers of awesomeness!

3- You are all-powerful.

Back to the whole “My dad can beat up your dad,” thing I mentioned earlier- It is both heart-warming and satisfying to have your children believe this about you. Even though I’m fairly certain I could take my dad down now, I wouldn’t attempt to. In the back of my mind there’s still the belief that he would shift into beast-mode and dominate me!

4- The old adage, “I brought you into this world, and I can take you out of it,” is true!

My kids might roll their eyes but I know, deep in their hearts, they believe it. Of course, being an adoptive parent, it’s a little awkward to proclaim this (let that sink in for a minute). But you get the idea. It’s still fun. I can still remember the episode of The Cosby’s where Cliff said this to Theo! Any fans out there?

5- You are omnipresent. 

“Son, I am everywhere, at all times, seeing everything you do, and hearing everything you say.” I actually said this to him recently when he was busted for something. I could tell by the look on his face that he could not figure out how in the world I knew what he had done. Yep, I’m cool with him believing this about me.

6- Your love will never end.

On a semi serious note, make sure your kids know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that you love them without end and that you are always there for them. The joking aside, they crave our presence, as their parents, in their lives. I would say that all of the above is partially an expression of this.

But, as you love them, make sure you have some fun too! You have to live a little through the ups and downs of parenthood or you’ll go crazy. Besides, if you’re like me, you need good blogging material.

Parents, anything else to add to this list?

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Mike and Kristin Berry are the Co-Founders of The Honestly Adoption Company and have been parents for nearly two decades. They are the authors of six books, and the host of The Honestly Adoption Podcast.

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