10 Things to Think About Fatherhood
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Language is full of words that all mean the same thing, father. It does not matter if a child says dad, daddy or pop. All of the words lead back to a man who takes the time to care about a child and take part in fatherhood.
Fatherhood is always worth thinking about!
Last year, I wrote an article entitled Fatherhood where I examined the letter “F” of the word fatherhood. Since, I am participating in the A to Z Blog Challenge I thought it was time to look at the letter “F” a little more.
The Letter “F” of Fatherhood
1. Fair-minded – Children will test a person’s sense of fairness and impartiality. They will continually tell a father, “not me” is responsible for all sorts of mischief. It is easy for anyone to jump to conclusions and think the worst of someone else, but a father has to consider, “not me” might actually have done something wrong.
2. Favored – It is astonishing to think that men can get favored status. In fact, as a dad you are like a nation of the world, and will fall in and out of favored status daily by your children. The trick is to know when you are dropping status and not to take it personal.
3. Feverish – If you think feverish only means that you might have a cold, you are wrong. The act of being feverish will begin the moment a man’s partner tells them they should go to the hospital for the birth of their child. The quicker a man learns to listen and go to the hospital the less chance they have at doing something that might anger their partner.
4. Fictitious – At some point, no matter how hard a father tries a child will conclude their dad knows nothing about life. The bad news is that it is not uncommon for a child to communicate with their friends that their dad is fictitious. The good news is that when a child needs money you can return the favor.
5. Free-spoken – It is only during fatherhood that you begin to understand the nuisances of open style communication. Children are known for being free-spoken and will repeat anything you tell them, including the way you think about other people. Learning the art of deflecting your children’s words is the best method of open communication (it might also save you from an embarrassing situation).
6. Filtered – There is nothing wrong with a person choosing to filter what they see or hear. As a dad, you will discover that the ability to filter out others has its advantages. It is particularly useful if you and your partner are battling to see who will change a messy diaper.
7. Frightful – Any father that has a daughter knows the power of being frightful if necessary. In fact, if you are the father of a son, you have to teach your son how frightful the father of a daughter is. It is all about the power of protecting what we know “might” happen.
8. Frontal – Most men would never think about the word frontal as a term describing fatherhood, but it is a term that others associate with being a dad. When a child is trying to anger their dad, family members can comment, “They have made you angry! I can see your frontal vein again!“
9. Frugal – As the old saying goes, “A penny saved is a penny earned.” Most men are not concerned about the cost of a season ticket to a sporting event. It is not until they realize the cost of diapers that they learn about frugality.
10. Fuzzy – In a child’s mind the word fuzzy refers to a teddy bear and a dad. Many toddlers will look at their dad and comment, “Dad, you are fuzzy like my stuffed animals.” The best thing to do is agree with your child and live with the facts.
The best thing about the letter “F” is the opportunity to become a father. Any man should consider it fortunate to experience fatherhood. It is through fatherhood, we learn about unconditional love. We can give and receive freely. Our children are the legacy that remind us about the good things in life. A child gives us the opportunity to live up to the potential they see in us.
As you can see, I have taken a humorous look at fatherhood. Is there any words describing a father that begin with “F” that I should have included? Tell me more in the comments!!
I am participating in the #AtoZchallenge and the letter F is for Fatherhood. (Someday I might actually catch up on the challenge).
Read my last post here The Evolving Roles of Fatherhood
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