I’ve been a dad for nearly four years now and the key thing I’ve learnt is there are too many damn ‘key’ things to learn.
When do I shout at them? When do I let things go? Is he being an a*se or just a toddler? Is he big enough now for a forward-facing car seat? What excuse can I use this week to nip out of the office early as both boys are kicking off at home and the wife needs help for dinner? Should he be swimming without floats by now? Why are other dads taking their three year olds to four different classes every weekend – that can’t be good for them, can it?
I’ve tried to read all the ‘bringing up babies/toddlers/boys’ books cover to cover but just end up falling asleep on the train and wanting to start that business biography paperback that arrived from Amazon this morning.
With this blog, I hope I can share some stories, experiences and research (note – I did not say ‘advice’) that can help others out there, whilst creating a dialogue with like-minded chaps that only want the best for their kids, but sometimes just have to let them sit in a restaurant with apple juice stains on their t-shirt because we’re just too tired to change them for the third time before 3pm, and chaos that sometimes have to let the quality of work in the office drop, and the strength of their friendships diminish, in order to put their first priority first – hitting the gym hard.
Oh – I forgot my wife is reading this – I meant being a father and a husband. Of course that is the priority darling….and no I didn’t manage to get to the gym at lunchtime xxx
Anyway – lets see where this goes….