“Don’t tell Dad I broke the plate, OK?”
“But it was an accident, sweetheart.”
“I know he won’t be mad but I still don’t want him to know.”
He cares what you think about him.
“Mom, I miss dad.”
“He’ll be back before you know it.”
“Can we set a place for him at the table even though he isn’t here?”
Your presence is missed when you are away.
“Mom, I let her have the rest of my Gatorade even though I really wanted it.”
“Because she wanted it, too?”
“Yeah. It was the right thing to do.”
He is paying attention to the example you set.
So… thank you. Thank you for being such a great dad!