It's not the usual advice that parents give to their children as they grow up but the most reassuring message a child needs to hear.
No matter how old we are, we always look up to our parents. We keep on striving to do better just to be recognized by them. That reassurance matters a lot because parents are the ones who set an example on how to lead life. So, hearing some supportive words from them speaks volumes. Robbo Roper–who goes by @trusted.finance on Instagram–set the bar high for other parents as he shared what he would tell his sons when they grow older. What impressed the internet about this dad was how he did not ramble on with life advice and instead spread a strong and inspiring message through his video.
Roper, a dad from Australia, calls himself the "Aussie Mortgage Guy," who aims to inspire people through financial education and find them a mortgage broker specifically catered to their needs. Amidst many of his videos on planning and managing finances, this wholesome video is all about being a supportive parent for his children. The first thing he wanted to tell his sons was, "If the relationship fails, come home." He also said that if his sons face a financial crunch with an overwhelming amount of bills to pay, they could come home. The dad implied that if life got tougher as an adult, his sons could always find solace in their home.
"If your mental health gets the best of you, come home," said Roper. He did not want his sons to feel alone and even if they ever did, they could come home. "If you mess up, come home. We'll help you fix it," he said. Just saying "come home" whenever they had a problem may seem so simple, but it was a representation of how considerate the dad was. He probably knew that when youngsters know they have an emotional support system they can always rely on, they can deal with life's battles better.
Finally, Roper said, "No matter where you are in life, no matter how old you are, no matter what terms we are on, you can always come home." Isn't that what every child wants to hear from their parents? He then added, "Our home will always be your home." The mortgage guy's video went viral, garnering nearly 40 million views. He rightly captioned the video, "We will always be your safety net" and his wholesome intention of being an uplifting parent touched many people. However, a few commenters criticized that Roper was sending the wrong message to his kids and that it might ruin their ability to be independent in life. But thousands of users rallied around the doting dad, validating his point.
"For all the people saying that they're raising weak kids, let me tell you, feeling safe at home only makes me want to go out, explore the world, take chances and risks, only cause I know if I fail, I can restart at home and then try again," commented @martt.cl. "My life would be so much more different if my mom said this. Instead, she said if you leave, you ain't coming back. Those words stayed with me forever. I spent years trying to prove I didn't need to come back for fear of the I told you so. I never want my child to feel that. I will encourage, support and love her no matter what. And she will always have a home," wrote @mari0827. "My Dad did this for me when I was in the worst situation in my life and it saved me. Love you, Paps," wrote @therealhbkim.
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