The Daddy Files: Laying the Groundwork


In this series, I am going to share some of my personal insights into the wonderful world of being a father in this day and age.  Experience?  Well I have three perfect children (two girls and a boy).  Okay, perfect might sound a little strong, and even a bit cliché.  How many parents do you talk to that say, yeah I have three kids, but man they are all little monsters?

Parents are their own worst critic.  We are toughest on ourselves, and often worry whether we are doing it right.  I am certainly no exception to this.  When I “applied” for this job, I certainly never realized how difficult it could be.  It might be the most difficult career path I have ever undertaken.  It is also the most fulfilling, life-changing, and ever-changing thing I have ever done (there are more of those clichés again).  I have reached the point in this journey where I feel the need to impart some knowledge or at the very a least, the occasional good laugh, to others.  So, for this week some definitions might be in order.

Father: A term referring to the biological act of creating a child.

Dad: A term that is earned anew every single day by being there for your kids, and being an active participant in their lives.

So, where do you weigh in on these definitions?  Wait, stop…hold up a minute.  Before you flood the comments box with a bunch of religious references, I am talking purely terrestrial father here.  I  certainly am not qualified to weigh in on anything bigger than that.  Within that framework,  I would love to hear your opinions on those terms though.  I would also love to hear back on ideas, or questions you might have or your own experiences in the realm of fatherhood.




About Mike Lemons
I'm a guy in his 40's who has been bumming around the net for years. I am married to a wonderful woman, and have 3 gorgeous kids.

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