Bort is the father of four sons–ages 7, 5, 1, and 1.5 weeks, and two daughters–ages 6 and 3.
What was the moment when you first felt like a father?
When my wife called with a positive pregnancy test.
What’s your favorite part about being a father?
When I come home from work and they all come running to the door to hug me.
What’s the hardest part about being a father?
Not enough time in the day. There’s always more stuff I should/want to be doing with them.
What’s the dumbest/funniest thing that your kid has cried about or fought with you over?
They wanted to watch “that TV show where it just keeps going, and it kind of changes after a while with new stuff.” Me: “Live TV? That’s not a show, it’s just a channel that isn’t recorded yet.” Them: “NO! It’s a show! I know it’s a show!” A “fight” over whether or not that was a show ensued.3
What’s your favorite thing about your kids?
Enthusiasm. They make me enjoy everything around us more than I otherwise would.
– Reading stories to them
– Playing games with them
– Brushing hair
– Sending notes with snacks and lunches
– Trust. It’s pretty much absolute.
– The way they play together
– Their constant activity and motion
If you could go back in time and give yourself a piece of advice when you first became a father, what would you say?
There is no idle time for parents in a household with children. There is always either (a) a child to help, care for, or play with or (b) some household task that needs doing. If you volunteer to take care of the children at every opportunity, you not only secure more time with them, you also look helpful (to your wife), probably have more fun, and (unintentionally, of course) sidestep the more mundane chore that needs doing. “I’ll take care of bedtime, honey,” also means, “I’ll get some one-on-one time with each child,” “I’ll get to read some stories,” “you’ll think I’m being a good dad,” and “someone else is cleaning up dinner.” Win-win-win-win.
Invest in a BIG recliner. With a wide seat and nice broad arms, you can put one child on each arm of the chair, one one each of your legs, and read stories to four children simultaneously, each of whom thinks that he got to sit in your lap.
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