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Last but not least…
Number 1 : Knowing that it will end
While being a dad is not all fun and games — I wouldn’t trade it for all the free time and irresponsibility I could get for it. There are simply too many awesome things about being a dad to be derailed by a few small annoyances.
Nothing can top going into his room in the morning and hearing the patter of hands and feet as he crosses the crib — the one hand — then two hands — appearing on top of the crib with his bright blue eyes peeking More >
The countdown continues. #2 (counting backwards) on my list of things I don’t enjoy about being a dad:
Number 2 : The responsibility
This was expected, but it doesn’t make it enjoyable. New levels of responsibility come with a lot of “first” milestones: first car, first job, first house, etc. The first child is no different. Going anywhere or doing anything involves a process of double checks, packing, dressing, diapering, and more. While you are doing this, you are also thinking ahead to how you will handle situations from diaper changing in a men’s room to worrying about a complete public meltdown. More >
#3 (counting backwards) on my list of things I don’t enjoy about being a dad:
Number 3 : The feeling of helplessness
I mentioned in an earlier post how quickly my perspective changed when our son was born. Prior to being a dad, crimes against children (or situations where children were harmed) were almost on the same level as crimes (and harmful situations) against adults. Since becoming a dad, I now understand why situations where a child is harmed is seen as so atrocious by so many.
Last month, there was a lot of coverage of the 15th anniversary of the Oklahoma More >
Whew…no hate mail on ol’ Number 5, so I guess I will keep going.
Number 4 : Praise for being competent
I get it — there is a reason the word “deadbeat dad” exists — and I know it’s not simply to be an example of alliteration. However, I don’t think this means that every time a dad (me) does something competent that he (me) should be praised for it. On the flip side, I don’t think I need all the criticism when I don’t do things the way “mom would have done it”.
Moms and dads might take different approaches to More >
The minute I walked out of the hospital, the vision of tossing a baseball back and forth on a cool, sunny day in the yard vanished quicker than a fresh box of donuts in my office break-room. I knew it would be hard work (actually — overall, it is less than I had expected), but reality didn’t set in until we were walking out the door and away from the terrific nurses at the hospital where our son was delivered.
In the 13 months since that day, I have realized there are a few things I don’t enjoy about being More >