D is for…

I’m killing this challenge. We’re up to the letter D and I haven’t missed a single letter.. I’m determined to see this through.

Determination is also when your 9 year old won’t give up the electronics to get ready for school and will tell you “one second” 1500 times, he’s determined to lose said electronics for a week. Also, when I take said electronics away I’m determined to get him to get ready for school without being supervised every step of the way.

is for Dad. The best damn job any decent man can demand to be. That’s what this blog space is ultimately about, isn’t it? Or at least I try. Though it probably comes across more as a stay home mom blog. My hope is that my perspective and my humor inject just enough Dad to make it not a mom blog.

We are a unique breed. As I’ve been discovering over the past 5 years, since Bang was born, we’re becoming more and more proliferate. I’m continuously meeting dads who have stepped up to the parenting role and are either taking charge in their family or taking co-charge with mom. Dads change diapers, even if it makes them gag. Dads cook the meals, not just mac and cheese, either. Dads read and tuck the kids in at bedtime. Dads create new ways to say, “I love you.” Ugga Mugga. Blah blah blah. Yep.

There are still men who are strangers to their kids. Men who have no part in their kids’ lives. Men who in no way support their kids or their kids mother. They are simply fathers. Like the old adage says, “Any man can be a father, but it takes a special someone to be a Dad.” This post isn’t about them. They don’t deserve that kind of recognition. They don’t deserve the string of 1’s and 0’s it takes for the computer spell DAD.

This post is for the deserving dads. It’s for the ones who know their kids, who take part in the parenting process, who don’t shy away from cooking, cleaning, laundry, baths, diapers, teaching, and sleepless nights. Just kidding… we men don’t have sleepless nights, just nights we’re woken slightly. This post is for the dad who steps up to the duties of playing Barbie, My Little Pony, and tea parties. This post is for the dad who has the patience to teach his heathens to shoot hoops, throws a baseball, kick the soccer ball, or race ostriches. This is for the game board dad who begins to doubt his own existence after playing 57 straight games of Uno, begs to be put out of his misery after 14 straight hours of monopoly, and refuses to let his kids win at Battleship. Even once.

Here’s to all you dads who accept their challenge and not only be The Dad but wear that cape proudly and confidently. Here’s to all you dads who raised boys to be SuperDads, too. Here’s to all the Moms who love us Dads, even when we sometimes make you as crazy as the kids do. So whether you crack open a cold one, spice up your Coke with some whisky, or share a glass of wine with the love of your life, I raise my glass to you.

Cheers, Dad.



Sunday Share 17

Hope everyone is enjoying their weekend thus far. We’ve nearly completed a science fair project. That’ll warrant a post of it’s own. Perhaps I’ll get Crash to do a video on it. It’s due Tuesday and all we have left to do is the title and make sure he knows the material so he can explain it to his teacher, class, and perhaps judges.

I’m doing something a bit different this week. I find in the blogging world the women far outnumber the men. This week it’s all about us gentlemen. Sorry ladies. I’ve been reading a bunch of daddy blogs and blogs written by men. Today I share them with you.

Adequate Dad
Well hello, boys! I’ve only been reading AD for a short while, but he has two boys like my own. That makes us kindred spirits.

Ah Dad
He makes a regular appearance here, so here’s his follow up fish story.

Coach Daddy
Another regular to The Share, he was the inspiration to my Go Ask Your Father series. He still does it better and this post proves it.

First Time Dad
His baby “Rabini” has finally arrived! Wait till you see her.

Opinionated Man
Or Harsh Reality. Or Jason Cushman. Or J.C. He’s the one who teaches all how to share because when we all share we all win.

Dream Big, Dream Often
Another sharing, caring gentlemen. Here he gives us his bucket list. Otherwise, he’s creating Meet and Greets and reblogging!

Jason Greene (One Good Dad)
Shhh… it’s the “V” word, guys. A good who writes with good humor.

The Return of the Modern Philosopher
Another I have just recently discovered. I don’t know if he’s a dad or not, but he makes laugh. Here he writes about  Trump firing the Pope.
Lastly, if you haven’t visited my brother’s cancer Fundraiser page yet. Please do so. You’ll find an inspirational story about 10 month old Melina who battled retinoblastoma.

Lastly, if you have visited my brother’s cancer Fundraiser page yet. Please do so. You’ll find an inspirational story about 10 month old Melina who battled retinoblastoma.

Also, lastly, if you’re looking for a new place to share yours and others posts head over to my Pinterest board “Board of Blogs”. If you click to follow I’ll invite you to contribute. You can pin your own stuff and posts others have written that you feel others should read, too.