Today’s entry in the #40Days40Dads project is another friend of my friend in Milwaukee. They went to high school together, and now he works for the State Department, hence the pseudonym FedDad. Thanks for offering your thoughts, sir!
FedDad is the father of 8-year-old, 7-year-old and 2-year-old daughters.
What was the moment when you first felt like a father?
When the doctor told me to quit stalling and cut the damn cord…his words.
What’s your favorite part about being a father?
Selfishly, the basic and unconditional love from my daughters. Of course that goes the other way, too.
What’s the hardest part about being a father?
For our family, it’s often explaining larger, difficult real-world comments to our kids. Why is dad in Afghanistan? What’s going on in Paris and why is dad there?
What’s the dumbest/funniest thing that your kid has cried about or fought with you over?
You said dumbest so here goes….Took the whole kit and kaboodle to Disney on Ice. Tickets were for the next week. Had to go cut that Gordian Knot with the MasterCard.
What are you most proud of having taught/shared with your kids or what are you most looking forward to teaching/sharing with them?
A love of reading. From an early age they saw me and my wife reading and picked it up. My favorite moments are when my daughter asks me to snuggle in bed and read books on the weekends.
What’s your favorite thing about your kids?
They still have that childlike wonder and share a hint of it with me every once in a while.
If you could go back in time and give yourself a piece of advice when you first became a father, what would you say?
Start the college fund now, moron.
Any other comments to share on fatherhood?
You may feel like you fail more than you succeed. Keep doing the right thing. You are doing fine. Move out and draw fire.
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