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be a good father (read all 9 entries…)
Thoughts and actions

I have been trying to wake up and change Zeke’s diaper as often as my wife does, even if she is changing it I still try to get up and assist.
Also, when he is not actively feeding I try to hold him so that she is able to get up and move around a little. These only cover his and her immediate concerns however. Being a good father in the future will have to depend on striking a balance between supporting him financially and spending time with him so that I don’t turn around, and all of the sudden, he is all growed up. These concerns will be paramount as I begin my foray into the working world.


Brad Hamilton A man's reach should exceed his grasp, or what's a heaven for

My kids are older

and I can safely say that they do not remember the stuff, but they do remember the time. Spending time far outweighs everything else…although my kids did like Hawaii.

kmom2468 is trying to Be The Blessing!

Working on grandkids now...

An you WILL turn around and he will be all grown up! But I agree with Brad – they will remember the time you spend with them. And, the great thing about kids – they don’t give a whit about WHAT you do with them. Like fishing, take them fishing – they’ll love it. Hate fishing but love Monday Night football – never take them fishing in their lives – but get your game on and include them in your Monday Night rituals – they’ll love it. Grill a mean BBQ chicken? Let them be your sou chef – and when they get older, let them light the grill and turn the meat. Hate grilling – try every pizza delivery place in town and discuss their merits and which one will be the official family pizza – and reminisce “remember that horrible one we had from xyz – never, ever getting pizza from there again!” What ever you love to do, they will love it. Your enthusiasm for the thing and your love for them will make whatever you do special. Even things that don’t go so well can be a fond memory later on. I remember whenever my mom would be ill, my dad made us spam and eggs over rice (he was from Hawaii where this is a staple). It was the only thing he knew how to cook. Years later we would all laugh about how we would do anything to get my mom healthy so we could eat “real” food… and now, 30, 40, or more years later, every now and then I wish my dad was here to fix me spam and eggs :) Congrats on the little one. You will be a fine dad. Many Blessings.

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Thanks for your comment

Well, I guess this kid will be learning to gather wild edibles, to garden, to ride bikes around town, to love reading, to cook, permaculture (thanks for giving me a name for this movement), to backpack, etc. I appreciate your input and I have always thought the best way to raise a kid would be to incorporate them into my daily activities and lifestyle. Thanks. I need to go look at your blog today. I found a good canning guide in a donation pile the other day, btw, so I’m ready to get started preserving my own food!

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