He’s still fairly new. We’ve only had him for a year and a half. Before I had children I guess I imagined that babies were pretty much devoid of personality. When you see them with their parents out and about they’re either crying or staring at you blankly. Boy was I wrong.
I’ve been spending a lot of extra time with my kids lately… and really bonding with the boy like never before. I thought I’d sit down today and write up a list of things I really think are great about him so far.
- He loves Buzz Lightyear.
- He’s good with his hands. A born button pusher.
- I love watching him notice cause and effect.
- He gets happy about the simplest things… like seeing me.
- He loves to run and shout.
- He likes all my geek stuff. Bobbleheads and the like.
- He’s super photogenic.
- He’ll eat almost anything… except bread. He’s a walking Atkins Diet.
- He’s a sweetheart. It’s great that I’ll have two kids who care about others.
- He has a great smile. He sets his teeth in a funny way when he smiles hard.
- He’ll sit in my lap for a long time just to watch me play video games.
- He adores his older sister.
- He looks good in a t-shirt and jeans.
- He’s already a hard worker and a great helper.
- He grunts like an old man when he picks up something heavy.
- He’s quiet in the car. He’s busy watching outside. I used to do the same thing.
- I love his nickname, Dunder.
- He’s good climbing and descending stairs. One less thing to worry about.
- He gives great high-fives.
- He’s brave on slides and loves to swing high on the playground.
Father’s Day is coming up. It’s got to be one of the most downplayed events of the year. The role of the father has been devalued in our culture to the point that virtually no one feels it’s an occasion worth celebrating at all.
I believe the reasons for that are many. Any role that is abused by those who fill it is destined to be devalued. But there are many of us Dads out there who take their job very seriously and are darned good at it. We deserve a pat on the back.
With that in mind, here are a few ways you can make the Father in your life feel like a million bucks… without going broke.
10. Don’t ever refer to him as one of your children.
I’ve heard many a loving wife jokingly add one additional child to the total when they’re asked how many kids they have. “It’ll be nice when I get him raised,” they’ll say. Would you like it if he talked to his friends like that about you?
9. Let him overhear you talking him up.
This is the polar opposite of the last point. Rather than your husband catching you talking him down… how much will it pump him up to hear you talking good about him? We husbands are pretty simple. We rise or fall to the level you treat us like we’re at already. Treat your man like he’s a 10… pretty soon, he’ll start being an 11.
8. Bake something.
Seriously. Nothing says “I love you” like baking. Make cookies. A cake. Perhaps a peach cobbler. Heck, we’d settle for a banana putting with 3 boxes of vanilla wafers. If you’ll ask him nicely, I’m sure he’d agree to eat it all before you were tempted to do it yourself.
7. Give him some guilt-free time.
I know it may seem he already gets a lot of that already… but guilt-free free time is priceless and not the same as sneaking off to play video games. The more guilt-free time you give him… the less he’ll take from the family later on.
6. New Socks, Underwear and Undershirts.
Don’t wrap them up and give them to him. It’s embarrassing and underwhelming in that context. Buy them and put them in his drawer without saying a word. It’ll be a huge surprise the next morning to find a drawer full of fresh, unworn whites. Every man’s dream.
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I found this great article on the role of fathers. It hits close to home for me since I work in the inner city and am constantly seeing the effects of the lack of proper fathering (and before anyone freaks out, my neighborhood is very racially diverse: white, black and hispanic so chill).
Are Dads Optional