A friend of ours lost her father recently. Being Jewish, she invited mourners over to pay their respects at a shiva. Not being Jewish, we had never been to one of those before.
But it was a truly lovely evening – family and friends gathered together in her home, reciting traditional Hebrew prayers, singing traditional Hebrew songs and sharing heartfelt stories about their lost loved one (that part was in English, fortunately for us).
The rabbi leading the ceremony told one story that really stuck with us. It was about a time someone asked him to explain the secret of life. Via text message.
When you’re a parent, you don’t have much time for yourself. Not to sleep, not to shower, not to watch TV, and certainly not to watch commercials.
But the thing is, there are lots of commercials about parenting out there that are pretty darn good – or at least pretty darn good at making moms and dads like us cry.
So since you probably haven’t had the spare minute or two it takes to find and watch any of these poignant, touching, heartstring-tugging advertisements on your own, here’s our collection of 7 commercials about parenting that will surely make you cry like a baby.
You are gliding effortlessly from aisle to aisle, instantly finding each and every item you need. Everything’s on sale, your list is overflowing with deeply satisfying checkmarks, and your shopping cart wheels are completely squeak-free.
Today’s “Ask the Doctor and the Dad” question has been a long time coming:
Is it okay for parents to cry in front of their kids? And does it make a difference whether it’s a mom or dad doing the crying? I usually manage to keep my emotions in check, but not this week.
– A Dad From Cleveland
Thanks for the heartfelt question, Dad From Cleveland.
You know how sometimes every single person around you is totally getting on your nerves? Your kids, your spouse, that driver in front of you…they’re all jerks, right? And so if you decide to snap and go off on them a little (or a lot), it’s 100% justified, because everybody really, really deserves it.
Because it’s the Doctor and the Dad’s tenth – that’s right, tenth – wedding anniversary, we thought we’d write a little bit today about love.
After a full decade of dealing with “real-life” stuff together, like paying bills, taking out the trash and having to smell each other’s stanky breath every morning, we think we’re pretty darn lucky to still be so in love with each other.
And it turns out that makes our children pretty lucky too.