Dads aren’t typically known as being very sensitive or heartwarming. Sure, good dads are able to express their feelings with their children and help them to grow. But when we think of dads, we typically picture a big, strong, baseball-throwing, soccer-coaching man.
One woman, however, caught her husband giving a heartfelt little talk to his daughter when he noticed that she was having a hard time regulating her anger. So, the wife decided to record the talk on video and share her appreciation for her husband to the world.
The video shows the man, Randy Gaines, kneeling down in front of his young daughter, who is sitting at eye-level on a table. The wife records the video from behind the daughter so that we don’t see her sad, little face. Instead, we see Randy’s supportive expressions as he speaks to his daughter.
Randy starts off by telling his daughter, “You don’t always have to be happy, you don’t always have to be silly or funny, you don’t have to be anything, okay?” The daughter nods along in agreement, but her father is just getting started.
He continues to explain, “But the important thing is whenever you’re feeling like this is to not just stay there all the time, okay? You want to accept it, you want to honor it, you want to acknowledge it, and then let it go.”
These are simple words but they really hit home with a lot of people. Everyone needs to be reminded once in a while that it’s okay to feel angry, sad, or upset as long as they let those feelings go and move on.
Randy lets his daughter know that once she accepts her anger and moves on, everything will start to get better. He also explains that if things don’t get better, then don’t force them to become better. “Just let it be, okay?”
Then he reminds his young daughter that no matter what she’s feeling, she’s still loved and safe. These are the words of a truly good father.
Randy also lets his daughter know that if she tells him not to joke around with her one day, he won’t push her boundaries. He explains that it’s important to set up boundaries and let others know so that they don’t push them. “If I don’t know better, I can’t do better,” he explains.
Randy’s wife shared the video and commented, “I think I just watched and listened to one of the most powerful conversations in my life.” She also shares that it’s moments like these when her husband is being warm and supportive to his girls that she falls in love with him all over again.
Watch the video below to hear Randy’s heartfelt and powerful conversation with his daughter.
All screenshots taken from Love What Matters / YouTube.