Family Life

Last night, our three year old Sof was being an incredible pest to me at dinner. She wouldn’t stop touching me!

Then I realized she was just trying to be funny! So we started having a poking fight at the table.

Em, seizing on this teachable moment, started comparing Sof’s interaction with me to her being a pest to Cale all day. “See, she just wants your attention. She likes you.”

Swelling with pride at how great we were at parenting–both playing at the table and helping increase filial harmony–I chimed in, “That’s it. She just doesn’t know how to express it appropriately all the time.”

A slightly amused but more indignant Cale blurted out, “By hitting me in my groin?!”

The teachable moment came to a screeching halt.

And he’s got a point. That’s just not right.

I chose not to tell him he even has biblical justification for his point.

Next time I might bring a bag of frozen peas to the table. Just in case.

Marc A. Pitman

Marc A. Pitman helps leaders lead their teams with more effectiveness and less stress. The author of "Ask Without Fear!®," he is the founder of The Concord Leadership Group and He's also the executive director of and an Advisory Panel member of Rogare, a prestigious international fundraising think tank. He is the husband to his best friend and the father of three amazing kids. And if you drive by him on the road, he’ll be singing 80’s tunes loud enough to embarrass his family! You can connect with him on Google+, on Twitter @marcapitman, and like "Ask Without Fear!" on Facebook. To get his free ebook on 21 ways to get board members engaged with fundraising, go to

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. rich

    to quote Mr Bennett: “Excellent…Excellent”

  2. Marc

    way to bring Austen into it!!

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