This year, on Fathers Day weekend, I’m really focusing on how I’ve changed as a person since becoming a Dad. Yes this is a sponsored post by an awesome company, but it’s a reflection I’ve had each Fathers Day since Emma was born. How have I changed, and more importantly, how can I be better?
I’d like to say I’m the perfect Dad now, and maybe on some levels I am. But being a Stay At Home Parent provides a few more challenges in how you go about your life and how you teach your child. Staying at home means you are both the teacher and the parent, doing lessons that they would normally get in day care along side other kids. This can be both challenging and rewarding.
But in that role, and over time, you begin to learn things for yourself. This includes the identity of your child. You get to better know their mannerisms, the language they speak (as they are still in the process of learning ours) and more. I’ve learned so much it would be an exhaustive conversation to detail all of it. But here’s 3 to start:
Lesson One: It’s Ok.
Everything is ok. Drinks will be spilled, mistakes will be made, tantrums will happen and your temper will flair. But it’s all ok. These things will happen from time to time no matter what so when it does, take a deep breath and be like Elsa: let it go. If you carry all your little frustrations with you it will mount and bring your stress levels to new heights!
Lesson Two: Dance
When there is music, get up and dance, even if it’s only for a minute. Even if it’s only just standing there swaying your hips a little and waving your arms about. Two reasons — One: It keeps you moving throughout the day and in good spirits and —Two: The little ones love it like ice cream.
Lesson Three: Leave Tech Behind
Life isn’t lived on a phone or a tablet or a tv. They are handy at times and can be a wealth of information and entertainment. But put them away for some amount of time during the day. Get busy with some Play Doh or LEGO or what ever, get dirty and creative!
Being a Dad changes you. Not only in learning lessons, but evolving in ways almost indescribable as a person. When a baby is born, a dad is born. This Father’s Day, Pampers celebrates that incredible feeling little ones bring to the hearts of dads through unconditional love. For more than 50 years, moms and dads have trusted Pampers to care for their babies’ happy, healthy development. Pampers offers a complete range of diapers, wipes and training pants designed to provide protection and comfort for every stage.
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I encourage all Dads to reflect from time to time on how they have changed since baby was born. And to say “thank you” for helping to make us what we are. Without my little one, I don’t know who I’d be. But I probably wouldn’t be as much fun 🙂
Disclosure: I have partnered with Life of Dad and Pampers for this promotion.