It would be easy to understand if Kroy Biermann was a little hesitant to throw himself into parenting Real Housewives of Atlanta star Kim Zolciak's daughters. By all accounts, parenting teenagers is hard. Harder than just about anything else in this world -- at least if you ask a parent of a teenager. But the Atlanta Falcons' defensive end has come clean about his decision to adopt Zolciak's two oldest children in one of the sweetest interviews I've seen in a long, long time.
It turns out even Kim is impressed with how well he's doing as a dad!
The RHOA star admitted she doesn't know if she'd be as able as Kroy is to love kids who weren't biologically related to her, but she sees a true love between dad and daughters. Asked why he decided to adopt Brielle, 16, and Ariana, 12, Kroy told E! Online that it's about setting priorities in life. He's prioritized family, and to him, family includes the girls.
Pretty sweet for a big ol' macho football player, huh? And pretty gutsy for someone who walked into parenting TEENAGERS! He had to have one helluva sense of self esteem to think he could handle that.
But listen to this one. Kroy admitted what is important to him has changed completely since he met Kim (and the girls):
Before Kim and before the girls and before the boys, I lived a pretty regimented life. I'd wake up, eat breakfast, go to work, come home…it was pretty normal. Now, my house isn't going to be as clean as it was before, but it's not important. Those things are not important and it's all about prioritizing and understanding.
It's a good message for anyone who adopts a spouse's kids, but it's not a bad thing to keep in mind as your kids hit those teenage years we're all warned about.
When your kids are changing, YOU have to be willing to change to. You have to be willing to let some things slide and decide what is most important to you -- having the pre-teenage years life or having a good relationship with your kids as they are?
Parenting teens is scary! It's hard! It's completely different from having kids who think someone of the other sex is gross, kids who wouldn't be caught dead getting into the shower ... forget spending two hours in there.
Life won't be clean anymore! You may not have signed up for door slamming and eye-rolling when you brought that cute little baby home from the hospital, but that's the mess that comes with all the good parts of parenting a teenager.
Brielle and Ariana are pretty darn lucky to have this guy in their lives. For that matter, Kim is lucky to have found a guy who gets that kids are more important than anything.
Would you be able to do what Kroy has done and adopt a spouse's kids?
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