It’s amazing that fathers (and mothers for that matter) are supposed to know everything about parenting from when the new baby is born to when they are sent off the college. For example, have you ever heard a scream to their child, “Just wait until your father gets home!” Really- what is dad supposed to do? Perhaps they secretly take classes on proper ways to yell at children effectively.
The truth is fathers have to learn and develop their role over time. It’s not easy for them to know how to react when a child pees on the floor for the first time or how to duck when projective vomit spews from a baby (without dropping the child).
The father who takes over at home after a hard day’s work
It’s also difficult for a father when he works all day and goes home to a mother who is ready for him to take over. Sure, mom may have a point because she is making dinner or has an errand to run but that doesn’t make the dad’s job any easier. Dad may want to kick up his feet for a few minutes on a Lazy Boy recliner but junior wants him to dress up as . This is one of many cases when dad cannot win. Either he tells junior, “no” and looks like a jerk. Contrarily, dad could say yes and take a sword upside the head for his trouble.
Do girls have an advantage over boys with their dads?
Things get really difficult for fathers with daughters. The problem is girls are cuter than boys and they have these beautiful eyes that melt a dad’s heart. That’s why fathers have no problem taking them out for ice cream even if there is only 15 minutes before dinner. Mom, of course, gets mad (rightfully so) but she doesn’t understand. It’s in every fathers DNA to turn to jello when little Susie says, “But please……”
The older a daughter gets, the worse things become. For example, some dads, who aren’t avid hunters, buy fire arms and outdoor rocking chairs the day their little girl turns 16 (just for intimidation purposes). From there, fathers are also responsible for buying the prom dress (when little Billy gets to return the tux rental the day after). By the way, don’t get fathers started on the expense of their daughter’s wedding. While the jerks who raised Billy Bob get off nearly scot free, Dad is maxing out another credit card so people he’s never met before can become severely inebriated during a time when he’s a nervous wreck.
Throughout is all though, one thing is clear. No matter if dad has to put out another fire because junior wanted to use the oven behind his back for the first time or his daughter is asking for another $20 to go to the mall, loving fathers wouldn’t have it any other way.
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About Clayton Thomas
I am a the author of the parenting book Tantrums, Troubles, and Treasures. In order for me to be a better parent though, I have to learn from both sides which is why I want to be involved with voiceBoks.