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By Cathryn Wellner / August 27, 2014

#1102 Children’s worries are real; this dad knows how to ease them

Adelaide and Benjamin Ames in one of the sweetest videos ever

Adelaide and Benjamin Ames in one of the sweetest videos ever

Parents become adept at dealing with children’s worries. When his daughter could not sleep because of the noise of fireworks, Benjamin J. Ames brought out his ukulele. The song he chose to distract her was clearly a familiar one.

As they sang “Tonight You Belong to Me”, Adelaide stopped her dad to listen for fireworks, to correct his version of the song, to question a noise. Then they took up the song again.

The result is one of the sweetest nighttime visits to a sleepless child I have ever seen. Kurt Schlosser of Today tracked down Ames, who said the family had recently moved from Kansas City, Missouri to a village near Innsbruck, Australia. Little Adelaide was still adjusting to the unfamiliar place, the unexpected sounds.

Benjamin Ames, a quantum physicist, clearly knows how to be fully present for his daughter. It turns out he also knows how to answer complicated questions in child language. You can see that in the video he created for The Center for Communicating Science. He explains what a flame is in a way that makes the science behind fire fascinating and understandable.

Adelaide will learn a lot from her scientist dad as she grows, not the least of which will be how to deal with the inevitable fears and uncertainties ahead. To watch father and daughter sing together is to watch love in action.

I first put a link to this on Hope Habit but wanted to know more about it. I have watched the video repeatedly, smiling every time.

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