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Thoughts From a Second-Time Father

Michael Margolin with daughter Alexa and Jake

Thoughts From a Second-Time Father

Jake is no different, and he loves to laugh. And, even at such a young age, there have been instances when we try to get him to repeat something in a funny voice and he has such a big smile on his face that he cannot even mouth the words. It is so amusing to see because just about everybody, at some point in their lives, has been laughing so hard they cannot even talk. We can tell he is well on his way to being a very likable little boy.

Alexa turned four a couple months ago, and over the summer she has become a fish. She is a very lucky little girl in having open access to her grandparents’ pool. Every once in a while my kids will accomplish something that leaves me in a minor state of awe.

Using an enhanced doggy paddling technique, Alexa can swim from one end of the pool to the other. She can also dive to deeper areas of the pool for toys that sink to the bottom. The fact that she is so comfortable in the water and is becoming a good swimmer pleases me very much. Partially this is
because I am not gifted at aquatics, but my daughter sure seems to be.

This to me is also an illustration of how I would like to parent: Providing my children with any opportunity I can, and even more so, encouraging them to independently take advantage of them all.

Michael Margolin is the father of two young children. He is an avid sports fan.



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