One concept I will share is that of teamwork. The five emotional characters each have their own point of view and responsibilities. They may disagree on who should take the lead but they are all present in every scenario. Whether they realize it or not, they are all working together with the common goal of doing what’s best for Riley. As parents we do the same thing. We work to build a team of people to surround our children to give them all the support and love that they will need to grow. This weekend we celebrate fathers and the role they play on the team. A role that at one time was traditionally defined using words like head of the household, breadwinner and disciplinarian. Today the definition has morphed into so much more. Studies show that fathers are more involved in their children’s lives today than at any other time in history. They help with homework, practice, have tea parties and may even be persuaded to get their nails painted. The old stereotypes are shattering and in their place, the idea that these are the things that need to get done, it doesn’t matter who does them. That’s the great thing about being on a team, there is always someone there to step up and help out.
Every aspect of life is about being on a team, from your individual emotions to your extended family and beyond. Today take time to appreciate the team you have surrounding you. It’s easy to recognize individual roles or “positions”, but when you put them all together, their strength as a team grows exponentially.