Happy 7th Birthday to “On Dad’s Watch”

Happy 7th Birthday to “On Dad’s Watch”

On Dads Watch Birthday With Michael MalgeriWhen you woke up a few weeks ago did you say, “Wow! It’s Super Bowl Sunday!” Or, “Wow! It’s the 7th anniversary of ‘On Dad’s Watch’!”? Come on, be honest.

Well for those of you who didn’t remember…February 6th was Super Bowl Sunday. I trust when you were done participating in whatever nationwide On Dad’s Watch celebration was happening in your local area, you didn’t forget to catch a few of the game’s highlights on the evening news.

Grand illusions and wishful thinking aside, I would like to thank everyone for allowing me to share a slice of life each week for 7 fun years. Your presence was and continues to be felt, particularly during these last few months of medical adventures.

So let’s kick off year eight with our son declaring, “I’m your older brother so you have to listen to whatever I say!” You can guess who the recipient of that message was. While she’s probably one of the more law abiding kids you’ll find, she’s not one to accept ad hoc commands without assurance of their authenticity and jurisdiction.

In other words, her response was, “DAD! WILL YOU TELL HIM TO KNOCK IT OFF!”

Since they’d both marched to my side as I was engaged in the “whoop-de-doo” of balancing our checkbook, I decided to elevate my level of excitement by saying, “You know sweetheart, he’s actually correct. Since he’s almost two years older than you I think it’s best you do whatever he says.”

Her eyes bulged, her arms stiffened and her mouth turned into a strawberry knot. I glanced down at the checkbook balance to see if I was covered for a new leg. However my fear and guilt gave way to surprise and pride as our soon to be 11 year old deftly handled the two “men” of the household.

“You know you’re not helping when you behave like a jerk!” … adding after a short pause and a defiant point … “LIKE HIM!!!!!!!” That’s my girl!

Authored by: Michael Malgeri

Michael lives in Redondo Beach with his wonderful wife and their beautiful children, the stars of "On Dad's Watch." He makes a living in the software industry and pursues writing in between fun family events. Along with "On Dad's Watch," Michael believes there's a need to teach young people about the morality and practicality of Capitalism as well as provide them with an alternative perspective on environmental issues. His books on these topics can be found at www.kids4biz.com.

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