Diverse Books

If you’ve followed this blog for a while you know that something I feel is extremely important to teach my kids is empathy and being able to take the perspective of others. One of the best ways to do this is through excellent children’s books. Here are a few of my favorites: Continue reading

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(Don’t) Play With Your Food

This post was first published by the Marion & Polk Early Learning Hub here.

You know the question is coming…yet you’re hoping…hoping this time will be different. You’re hoping you can avoid the fight, hoping for a calm, peaceful meal where everyone eats everything you’ve prepared. Yet, just as you expected…the question comes: “Mom/Dad I’m full, can I get down?” You look at their plate and see what you always see…fruit and anything with sugar gone without a trace…veggies, grains and other healthy food clearly untouched. How can they be full? Continue reading

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Step by Step

Dad, it’s not about you. You can’t give your kids everything they need anyway. It’s about being there, doing the best you can, loving them with all your heart, and then surrendering their lives back to the Creator. –Jay Payleitner: 52 Things Kids Need From A Dad Continue reading

Dadly Dads Book…Available Now!

Hey everyone, I’m very excited to announce that the Dadly Dads Book in which I have a profile has been completed and is available for purchase now on Amazon! I hope you’ll check it out and once again appreciate all your support!

Dadly Dads Book

This is fatherhood…

1 Year of Blogging!

Today marks one year since I started This is Fatherhood! I’m so grateful to each of you that takes the time to read this, to my wife for encouraging me and to my kids…the reason for the blog 🙂

To commemorate I thought I would share with you my top five (in my opinion) posts I’ve written in my year of blogging. Please check them out below and let me know if there’s one you thought should have made the cut.

1. Miscarriage

2. Pain

3. Paternity Leave

4. Joy

5. This is Fatherhood

Bonus (it was hard to pick just five 😊): “Boys Will Be Boys”

This is one year of blogging!

This is fatherhood…

Fraternal Fatherhood 

I absolutely love being a dad! My wife and kids are amazing and I literally can’t wait to get home to see them from work each day. My son brings so much joy and energy to my life (which is great because I need more energy to try and keep up with him) and my daughter’s smile just melts my heart. It may sound crazy…but sometimes I feel like I was born to be a dad.

Something that I have found I enjoy just as much is talking about being a father, especially with other dads. I’ve mentioned before that I’ve started a group for young fathers at my church, and have been lucky enough to be offered opportunities to facilitate a boot camp for new dads and write a blog for an organization from a fatherhood perspective. Each time I engage in an activity where I get to talk with other dads about our kids, about fatherhood, about struggling through the ups and downs of being a parent I get rejuvenated. I’m very fortunate in that the dads in my church father’s group are amazing guys and dads and always have great insight to offer. They are a great group to commiserate and swap stories with. When I get to facilitate a new dad boot camp, I get to meet these nervous new dads who come in with questions and anxiety, and after three hours they leave totally excited and reassured that they can do this whole parenting thing. I love it! I love everything about it and have definitely realized my dream career and my passion.

As dads and as guys in general it’s easy for us to kind of internalize everything, go into problem-solving mode and just push ahead as if nothing is bothering us. But I wholeheartedly believe being a dad is so much easier, and so much more fun when I get to talk about it and share it with other dads and their families. The old adage that “it takes a village to raise a child” is very true, and I am so thankful that my village includes some amazing dads that care about me and want to see me succeed as a father.

I hope that my future includes more and more of this and I’m going to seek out every opportunity to increase my interactions with other dads that I can. I sincerely hope that if you’re a dad out there who is feeling alone or feeling like there’s not a lot of support out there for dads that you will contact me or you’ll reach out to another dad or an online fatherhood group. Because being a dad becomes even more fun and a lot easier when you get to share it with other dads.

This is fraternal fatherhood…

This is fatherhood…