Today’s #40Days40Dads project entry comes from Mitchell, a mystery dad whom I’ve never met, but who took the time to fill out my survey. Thanks, Mitchell!
Mitchell is the father of three daughters aged 42, 40, and 35, and a 27-year-old son.
What was the moment when you first felt like a father?
First time I held my daughter at the hospital.
What’s your favorite part about being a father?
Hugging my kids.
What’s the hardest part about being a father?
When I had to be stern.
What’s the dumbest/funniest thing that your kid has cried about or fought with you over?
My son cried because mom was at work. He was eating SpaghettiO’s and kept crying “oie oie.”
What are you most proud of having taught/shared with your kids or what are you most looking forward to teaching/sharing with them?
Proud they’re good people, caring and do what they can to help others, no matter the cost.
What’s your favorite thing about your kids?
Spending time with them, laughing and kidding around.
If you could go back in time and give yourself a piece of advice when you first became a father, what would you say?
Spend even more time with them, see the little things you miss because you’re afraid something will happen to them. Being a grandpa now, I see so many more things my grandkids do progressing, because I don’t have all the parent fear and protectiveness.
Any other comments to share on fatherhood?
Tell your kids every morning that you love them, tell them every night that you love them, and support them in their ideas.
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