A big part about being a dad in Israel is living in Israel. While being a dad has it’s on hardships, being a dad while living in Israel has other ones as well.
My five year old asked me a question a while ago.
Yahav: Daddy are there bad guys in the world
Me: (hesitating for a moment) What do you mean?
Yahav: Are there bad people like in the movies?
Me: Not exactly the same, but yes there are bad people in the world
Yahav: Is that why you have a gun? So you can stop them?
Figuring out how to talk to my kids about the realness of the situation is difficult to say the least. But I find that my only option is to sit down and talk to them about it openly and honestly.
There are bad people, and they want to hurt us, and we as individuals and as a nation need to learn to defend ourselves.
Normally, I try to focus more on other, more positive aspects. Focus on the brave soldiers who are defending our country, the brave people who are living in constant terror on the border and not on the death and destruction.
Our children are precious and I feel the need to shelter them, but I can’t, not from this.
Yes, living in Israel is tough, but it brings us together. In school, the kids are making care packages to send to families down South who are under constant rocket fire. Soldiers come visit and my children are taught to see them as heroes and thank them for what they do.
Yes, living in Israel is tough, but I don’t think I could live anywhere else
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