Today’s installment of the #40Days40Dads project comes from Kevin, a friend that I met through my wife, who serves as a school principal by day and as a daddy to two daughters by night. Thanks for participating, Kevin! Incidentally, I’m still in need of about four more fathers to fill out the questionnaire and take part in this project. Spread the word to all the dads in your life, and if you are a dad, why haven’t you done it yet?! I’ve been incredibly gratified by the great response to this and I’ve really enjoyed reading the diverse experiences of so many fathers so far. Thanks to all who have already taken the plunge!
Kevin is the father of a 2.5-year-old daughter and a 2-month-old daughter.
What was the moment when you first felt like a father?
When I held my oldest daughter for the first time.
What’s your favorite part about being a father?
Seeing how their personalities are developing and becoming their own person.
What’s the hardest part about being a father?
Seeing your child in pain or sick, and knowing that there isn’t anything you can do to help them in that situation.
What are you most proud of having taught/shared with your kids or what are you most looking forward to teaching/sharing with them?
My oldest daughter is so kind to her younger sister, always wanting to help her and be with her. I couldn’t be more proud.
What’s your favorite thing about your kids?
Their smiles and laughter.
If you could go back in time and give yourself a piece of advice when you first became a father, what would you say?
Everything will be fine. Don’t worry so much.
Any other comments to share on fatherhood?
Enjoy it! Put your phone and work down, and get on the ground and play. It goes by way too fast. Enjoy the little moments and be a kid with your kid.
If you’re a father or you know a father who would like to share his story, send him to this link to answer the questions. Stay tuned for another dad’s crib notes tomorrow!