The Day Daddy Listened: A Blueprint for Fatherhood

The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place

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The older I get the more I agree with George Bernard Shaw. I think he was probably married for a while before he came up with that gem right there.

I’m entering 15 years of both marital bliss and parenting and I find myself more and more certain that I’m the problem.

You see, I have a gift with words; and, alas, my gift is also my curse.

This blog isn’t gonna’ be long & drawn out. I simply wanted to get this out there:

I’m going to make an effort to listen more.

To ask questions.

To not presume that I know how the sentences of my wife & kids’ will end even if I’m probably right.

I’ve developed a nasty habit of leaning into my words to win the argument when it was only supposed to only be a conversation.

Being a husband and a daddy is a messy business…it’s also my primary business.

I stopped to listen to my son as he was shuffling off to bed tonight. His eyes met mine & I asked him what he was thinking. He asked me if all of the family could read for 30 minutes. While this may sound sorta silly & inconsequential to you I assure you it was the most sacred 30 minutes of the day.

I didn’t rush him off to bed.
I didn’t put him off with a, “Maybe tomorrow, buddy.”
Our family read; and so it begins.

Here we Grow again!

This video made me LOL. Statistically, more guys think this video is hilarious than women. View accordingly.

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Posted on June 9, 2013, in Family, Fatherhood, Life, Marriage, Parenting, Relationships and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Ha, I saw this video on Reddit. It’s funny (because it’s true).

    I try to see things from my kids point of view all the time. I often fail, but at least I’m conscious of having to do that. Should probably do that with the wife too…

    • Thanks so much for stopping by! Perfection is certainly not the goal as I’ve got miles to go to get close to that. Like you, I just want to get better each day! I appreciate the feedback so much!

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