Receiving far less attention are the working class heroes, who go about their solitary work routines with quiet dignity, come home from another grueling day, yet still find time to interact with their children. I’m talking about the guy with the thinning hairline who throws the football with his children in the front yard each day. I’m talking about the guy who takes time from his own grueling rituals to coach a local soccer team. Or the scout master who teaches children not to pet porcupines (or was I the only one who needed to be taught this lesson?). These small interactions between adults and children are not complex. Often they involve little more than taking a bit of time. But they have an important effect. Tossing the ball, building a fort in the woods, going to a museum, these things endow children with a sense of validation. These small parent child interactions are crucial in nurturing a child’s delicate self-image, confidence, and assertiveness. In this manner, the small interactions between parents and children take on a profound meaning. Those parents who take time for such things are everyday heroes.
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