Focus PT - June 2018

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June 2018

The Two Coolest Kids in Town CELEBRATING MY CHILDREN THIS FATHER’S DAY A dvertising companies always make Father’s Day out to be about buying presents for your dad, but I’m confident pretty much any father would tell you that the greatest gift of all is

to see your kids grow up and flourish with their distinct personalities. With my 12-year-old daughter, Macy, and my 14-year-old son, Kaden, there’s so much to be proud of and celebrate that it feels a little disingenuous to make the day about me. At every step, I try to be present and involved in their lives, encouraging them to try new things and experience all that the world has to offer. A lot of times that means steering them away from technology as much as possible — and, obviously, failing in that impossible task — but generally I work to equip them with the skills and confidence needed to learn new things on their own. A couple weeks ago, I discovered that my son had been working on his bike for a couple hours to no avail. He’s been out on the trails like a madman lately, and as a result, he’d broken the derailleur on his gearshift. So, we went out to the garage and got to work, and I showed him the same techniques my dad did back when I was a kid. After we started putting the thing back together, he decided to take on the challenge on his own. In the end, he still needed a little more help from me, but I was just proud that he was willing to wrestle with it solo for a while before asking for my help. He always surprises me with

On top of the world with my kids!

And then, of course, there’s Macy, who’s an incredibly driven kid in her own right. Whenever we’re hanging out with some family friends and they’ve got their own yung kids, Macy makes a point of helping the youngsters out. It’s awesome to see her nurturing, compassionate personality come to the fore. She notices things about people that nobody else can even see and is steadily developing a keen intuition about others that will serve her well in life. There are so many special moments to be proud of with these kids: the first time I held them in my arms, their first words, any time we successfully summit a grueling hike together ... And then there are all those “mundane” day-to-day accomplishments, which are just too numerous to really name. Fatherhood comes with its share of challenges, but the rewards are so much greater than the difficult times. It feels good to be able to say with complete confidence that my kids are completely awesome, and that I constantly look forward to spending time with them and seeing what they’re going to do next.

his intrepid attitude: Just the other week he went for a ride, got a haircut, picked himself up a donut, and rode home without batting an eye. It’s the kind of moment that makes you think, “Hey, maybe I am doing something right with these kids.”

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-Julian Manrique

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