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A lot of people don’t realize this, but Chris is not my boys father. It’s a very long story, but I ended up divorcing the boys dad shortly after my second son was born. After doing the solo thing (to a newborn and a three year old) for a while, I decided that it was time start dating again and in the process, also find a potential step father for my boys. My little one was only about six months old when I started dating Chris, so he’s been part of my boys lives since they were very young. It just so happens that I met and married the first guy and “potential step father” I met.
I knew pretty early on that he was a keeper and when he finally met my children about six months after we started dating, I knew immediately that he was the one. From the very first time he met them, he treated my boys like they were his own. Being a step parent is definitely not easy, but for someone to come in and treat kids the way that Chris treats mine is a rare thing. He is the most amazing stepdad I could ever have hoped for.
Yes, the boys real dad is a very active part of their lives, so I don’t want to make it sound like Chris is the only male role-model the kids have, but Chris has definitely taught my boys a thing or two in all the years he’s been with us.
1. He helped teach the boys how to swim.
Here’s a little known fun fact about me: I can’t swim. I’m serious. Whenever we are at the beach, the town pool or staying at a hotel that has a pool, it’s a given that my boys will want to spend as much time as possible in the water. Chris never hesitates to go in with them and I truly appreciate that he’s there to make sure they’re safe and have fun in the water.
2. He teaches them about money.
Here’s another little fun fact about me: money burns a hole in my pocket. I think nothing of dropping a few hundred dollars on a new pair of boots, but my husband is a bit more, ahem…”frugal” than I am and thankfully he’s the one helping to teach the boys about the value of a dollar. Chris is an accountant, so he’s not only qualified, he loves to talk about math so it’s a win-win if you ask me.
3. When I need a break, he is happy to take the reigns.
As I said, Chris has always treated my boys like they were his own and it’s a good feeling to know that he will always put the boys first. There are times when I just need to get something done and Chris will always step up and offer to take the boys out for a while so that I can have a little peace & quiet to finish whatever it is that I need to get done (usually it’s a post that I need to get written).
4. He has “rescued” them on numerous occasions.
Like the time when my little one got stuck on this climbing structure at the playground. He got up with no problem, but then he couldn’t figure out how to get down. Chris to the rescue.
5. He is teaching them how to be men.
Chris is the type of guy that will see something that needs to be done around the house and just do it. Whether it’s something that needs to be fixed or something that needs to be cleaned. Not only do the kids see this behavior – which I think is important for them to see modeled, sometimes he’ll ask them to help. Because of Chris, they are not afraid of bugs (like me), they know the basics when to come to fixing things and most importantly, they both how to be courteous and respectful towards others.
One of the things I love about Chris is that he’s “that guy” who likes to tinker out in the garage. Honestly, nine times out of ten I have absolutely no idea what the heck he’s doing out there, but I do know that he’s also”that guy” with a flashlight tucked under his chin half the time he’s out there doing whatever it is he’s doing. In an effort to make his life easier, the boys and I headed over to Walmart recently to pick him up an Energizer Headlamp so that he can relax his chin muscles from now on when he’s out there.
We found a few different Energizer Headlights to choose from in the sporting goods section and the boys picked one out that they thought that Chris would like.
There wasn’t much rhyme or reason to their selection. Actually, I am pretty sure they picked it based on the color of the headband part, but they were sure happy with their choice. We added into this awesome gift basket we made him for Father’s Day.
They were so excited to get home and give it to him.
So now Chris can tinker all he wants, hands and chin free.
How would an Energizer Headlight make life easier for the man in your life?