This adorable daddy-daughter recital shows what it truly means to be a parent

What if you had the chance to do something you’ve always wanted to do for your family … but you had to start today?

hen Quaker asked this daddy-daughter duo what they’d like to do to spend more time together, Lauren’s wish didn’t disappoint.

The youngest in her family of five, Lauren is a vibrant 10-year-old girl that loves to dance. Though Lauren’s just 10, her parents feel like she’s going to be 16 tomorrow — before they know it. Sound familiar? Her dad narrates, commenting how life can get a bit hectic, when trying to manage three kids, three schedules, and just life in general. “We think we are just going to blink our eyes, and they’re all going to be at university, or getting married.”

Try as we might to stop it, kids grow up. But are we doing everything we can do to make childhood memorable?

In the video, Lauren’s dad watches his daughter dance in the studio and around the house, but also needs to work and provide for his family. He’s seen behind his laptop, with his headphones on, or staring at his phone as his daughter twirls. He says how he hopes Lauren “doesn’t think I work too much,” or “don’t pay enough attention to her,” but life seems to get in the way of truly treasuring those moments together.

They both mentioned how they want to spend more time together, and Quaker made sure Lauren and her dad got the chance to do just that, but with a catch. Whatever Lauren asked, they had to start today — no excuses.

Though it definitely put Lauren’s dad out of his comfort zone, he knows what it means to be a dad: “As a parent you find yourself doing crazy things for your kids, but we wouldn’t have it any other way. They won’t be kids forever, which makes today that much more important.”

If that doesn’t make your heart melt, what he did for his daughter certainly will. Check out the video (and try not to cry).

Emily Cummings

Emily is putting her English and Humanities degree to use editing and writing all over the world. Trying to see all 7 world wonders (while visiting as many countries as she can in between), Emily loves wandering alleyways, beautifully photographed food, stumbling upon impromptu flea and food markets. She can usually be found camera in hand, munching on a street food and never has her headphones out of reach.