Parenting is not like eating a piece of cake. The task of raising upright, confident children full of virtues and ethics calls for bigger responsibilities. And this doting dad demonstrated a perfect way of handling day-to-day challenges of being a responsible parent.
Connie Merrell Sowards received a call from Enoch Elementary School in Utah on April 14, 2017, asking for someone to come in and pick up Valerie, their 6-year-old daughter. The little girl was waiting in the principal’s office, feeling embarrassed after wetting her pants.
She knew her husband, Ben Sowards, would exactly know how to handle the situation—being the father to 11 children, he was sure to come up with a solution.
The little girl was very embarrassed and crying, so Ben decided to take the heat off his daughter by pouring water on the front of his own pants.
“Honestly, I knew she was mortified, but I thought if I could make her laugh everything would be fine,” Ben told The Huffington Post.
As soon as he stepped inside the principal’s office, he asked Valerie to lend him her backpack to cover up his rather large wet patch. His little princess giggled the moment she saw what her dad wanted to cover up, and right away her mood was elevated.
“I said, ‘Honey, I need to borrow your backpack—I’ve had my own accident,’” he told PEOPLE. “She gave me this look of disbelief with one eye—any dad knows what I’m talking about—and I knew immediately that it was a success.”
“As we left the office, I held her backpack over the front of my pants and we walked out of there like we were getting away with something. Then we laughed all the way home. I accused her of splashing apple juice all over herself to get out of school early, and she accused me of faking it as well. Once the tension was released and she realized that she wasn’t in trouble, it all turned out great,” he said.
When the dad-and-daughter duo arrived home, Ben’s eldest daughter, Lucinda, took some happy snaps of them, and unbeknownst to her parents, posted them on Twitter, where the response was huge.
Meanwhile, young Valerie had learned to see the funny side of such incidents.
“Kids are going to get teased no matter what,” Ben told PEOPLE, “but if they’re prepared for that with a little self confidence and have assurance that they are loved, they can weather that teasing.”
Ben’s thoughtful action shows that if parents have a simple and honest approach toward life, they can teach their children how to turn a difficult situation into something special.
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