Being a Dad can be one of the most rewarding experiences of a mans life.. and one of the scariest!
Here are 10 Things About Being a Dad that WILL Keep You Up at night!
in no particular order…
#10 – Changing the “DIRTY” Diapers
Diaper Duty can be a real pain for first time fathers starting out, but fear not, as time passes and the diapers pile up, changing your little one becomes almost second nature.
Unfortunately, you will NEVER get rid of the fear of a “BLOW OUT”.
It happens and, unless you are one very lucky dad, it WILL happen to you.
So always be prepared with a fresh wipe ready.
#9 – “Just BREATH ALREADY!”
Nothing causes a Dad’s heart, or any parents for that matter, to jump up into your throat more than when you check in on the little one during nap time and they’re in that position that makes it almost impossible to tell if they’re breathing or not.
At times like this, it’s 100% acceptable to give them a little nudge to see if they’re alright no matter how much of a hassle it was to get them to sleep.
#8 – What if they don’t like me?
Oh… there WILL be times your child will absolutely HATE you! But don’t worry, that’s all just part of being a kid.
They will always love you as long as you show them you care! You are the Father! It’s your job to lay down the law of the house in most instances and growing kids hate to be told what to do as they start discovering their independence.
As they get older, they’ll understand.
Just try not to pull all your hair out before then.
#7 – “Goodbye Sex Life!”
Becoming a new father can seriously limit your time for other activities. That being said, there will always be time!
“Nap Time” will become your favorite time of the day!
Unfortunately, you’ll have to share that limited time with other activities you can’t do with the kids.
#6 – I won’t have time for hobbies
A fun hobby is a necessity for parents to keep their sanity. In a world of “Let it Goes” and Bubble Guppies, it’s important to take time out for yourself.
As I mentioned before, “Nap Time” is perfect for your own hobbies and interests. As long as you can still be there if they wake up early of course.
#5 – “Stop hurting yourself! I don’t need someone thinking the wrong thing!”
You’ll quickly realize that your child is actively TRYING to harm themselves.
Well, maybe not on purpose!
My toddler can go to bed at night and wake up in the morning with a nice bruise on his arm. “Where the heck did THAT come from?” I’m constantly finding small scraps and marks all the time that I can’t explain.
Do you know why?
Toddlers play HARD!
Every time I send him off to preschool I have this fear in the back of my mind that the teacher will see one of his many self inflicted marks and I’ll get a visit from CPS.
The funny side of this is that I’m positive that his teachers have the same problem. I’ve been called a few times by his teacher to let me know that he got a bruise from playing to rough with the other kids on the playground.
This is a fear that I suspect will never go away until my kids are older.
#4 – “Remember that thing called sleep?”
I was lucky with my kids!
They never suffered from Colic.
In fact, from the get go, they did extremely well at sleeping through the night. Of course this caused a lot of #9 on this list.
From researching night time patterns for babies, I realize that my wife and I have been very lucky. There have been instances where they would wake up every now and again, but not enough for this to seriously hurt our sleep.
Before our first child came, however, that was a huge worry for me.
Of course, many parents AREN’T as lucky and find sleep to be ever so hard to get.
#3 – Please let them behave
Toddlers are very unpredictable! One second they are perfect angels. The next, they are running tornadoes destroying everything in their paths.
I’ve sat my son down before walking into a store and explained calmly and rationally to him that he needs to listen and stay by me and that we are only going in to get milk and we are done. To this, he agrees with a smile on his face and says to me, “I’ll be good!”
10 seconds later… I’m picking him up and belting him into the cart because he decided to dart ahead almost knocking over a display. He hates being stuck in the cart!
He’s not a bad kid, most of the time he’s a great listener and does what he is told, but little minds can be distracted easily, and he has his moments.
#2 – “You don’t know me!”
People WILL Judge you by your child’s actions. Get used to it!
There will always be someone out there who thinks they know more than you and that you’re kid is out of control.
These people are not your child’s parent!
They don’t see how that crying fit in the parking lot was caused by his FAVORITE toy getting crushed just moments before in the car door.
They see a loud bratty child who’s throwing a temper tantrum!
They don’t see how excited he was finding out we were heading to his favorite restaurant only for them to tell him they are all out of “Nuggets” when we finally get there.
They see a spoiled kid who can’t be controlled!
Just remember, that most of these people you’ll never see again. Those you do… you know where they can put their opinions of you and your parenting!
And the #1 thing that will keep you up at night as a Dad…
Will I always be there for them?
Being a dad comes with it’s ups and downs and watching your child grow up to become the person he or she is meant to be will be the greatest achievement of My life.
I know that I may not always be there for them for every stumble and every crowning achievement in their lives, but I’ll always do my best for them.
I’ll be there to give them advice even when they don’t necessarily want it.
They’ll always have a place to go if they’re in need.
They may not like me all the time, but they’ll always know I’m here for them no matter what.
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