When I married my husband I didn’t know what kind of father he’d be. I had seen him around kids a handful of times and I knew that he wanted children of his own so I guess I didn’t really put too much thought into that area.
Most dads are hands-on, or as hands-on as they can be working a full-time job outside of the house 40 plus hours a week. My husband doesn’t waste one second of time with his boys. When he walks through the door after a long day at work, he just kicks off his shoes and goes into full dad mode.
He lets me be a little lazy. I’m no where close to the Betty Crocker, Suzy Homemaker, June Cleaver kind of mom. I leave dishes in the sink, I only fold laundry if my life depends on it, and sometimes I just run out of patience and want to take a break. My husband picks up the slack more than any other husband I know. He takes over the laundry, bakes cookies, and takes the kids to the park so I can have some alone time. I’m so glad I don’t have to do it all.
He’s not afraid to do it alone. My husband has taken the kids to places I would never venture alone with them. He gets high-fives from other dads when they see him lugging three kids and their gear across a huge parking lot to get to the baseball game. When he took the two oldest to the air show and the stroller broke, he had to carry two heavy boys and drag a broken stroller over a mile to the car. I don’t know about you, but I’d quit at that point.
He’ll take one for the team every time. I certainly can’t convince anyone to let me cut their hair by telling them they can cut mine too. That would be a disaster! But he doesn’t mind sitting and letting a four year old give him an amateur buzz cut if it means a tear-free experience. He’s taken a few comical falls to cheer up a kid who just fell and scraped their knees. There’s not a tantrum that he can’t turn into a laughing fit.
Bed time is dad time. I won’t lie, putting the kids to bed is not my favorite thing to do. I’ll do it if I absolutely have to, but at the end of the day I’m all business about it. I’m ready for a quiet house. As long as my husband is home, he takes care of the night time routine, brushing teeth, reading stories in silly voices, and of course making sure there aren’t any monsters hanging around. Every single night.
I don’t think I could have found someone who was a better dad if I had made him myself. He loves his boys more than anything in the world and they love him too. He’s the most dedicated father I’ve ever met. We may be a little biased, but in our house he wins father of the year – every single year. After all, I don’t know one single father who loved their child’s drawing so much they made it a permanent addition to their life.
What kinds of things does your husband or dad do that makes him “father of the year?”