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April 23, 2020

Al Roker of 'Today Show' Pays Tribute to His Parents

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NBC weatherman, Al Roker, posts a birthday tribute to his mother with a photo of her and his father on their wedding day.

The "Today Show" co-host recently posted a heartfelt birthday tribute on Instagram to his mom Isabel Smith Roker, who died at the age of 73.

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 of his parents on their wedding day accompanied the inspiring tribute. Roker, in the

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, wished his mom a happy birthday and also expressed how much he loves and misses her.

[Al Roker] admitted on the "Today" show that sometimes he is not patient enough with his special needs son.

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He went on to reference how lovingly his father looked at his mom in the photo, “A very young, Al Roker, Sr. Admiring his bride. These two were such a wonderful couple.”

Al Roker has frequently spoken on his hard-working parents and their efforts to create a loving home life for himself and his siblings.

The Weatherman himself is a proud father of three with two daughters, Courtney (from a previous marriage) and Leila, and a son, Nicholas.

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According to Cheatsheet, Roker, who is often sharing stories from his own family on marriage and parenting, “credits his dad, who worked for years as a bus driver, for teaching him how to build solid relationships with his children.”

Another cheatsheet Article reports Roker sharing that one of the best lessons he learned from his dad was that each child is different, and parents should learn to connect with them individually.

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He admitted that his father, the late Al Roker Sr. always found ways to bond with him, albeit their differences. Despite writing a book on parenting, being a father has not been a walk in the park for him.

Earlier in the year, while talking about his 2020 goals, the weather anchor admitted on the "Today Show" that sometimes he is not patient enough with his special needs son.

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His co-host, Hoda Kotb, however, disagreed, as she gushed about Roker’s relationship with his 17-year-old. To which the meteorologist responded that Kotb was catching him on “good” days. 

Raising Nick has had its challenges for Al and his wife, ABC News senior correspondent Deborah Roberts, but it’s also been a joyful journey.

The meteorologist opened up about their journey in a cover story for the May issue of Guideposts magazine.

The parents, while explaining all the work they have had to put in, also credited the fantastic efforts of Nick’s therapist since he was 3, Lori Rothman.

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