To all the moms out there: We dads know you may cringe when we put your child in an outfit that looks as if he raided Steven Tyler’s or Steve Urkel’s closets. Or maybe our attempts at styling hair resemble a squirrel’s tail instead of something that's attached to the backside of a pony.
I’m here to tell you that none of it matters. In Daddy Doin’ Work: Empowering Mothers To Evolve Fatherhood, I've written a book for moms about dads. The book covers a lot of topics, but a main point is that moms need to encourage the great dads of the world to express themselves in their own unique fashion.
For moms who constantly nitpick your man for how he raises his kids, I ask you a simple question: Are the kids safe and happy?
And if the answer is yes, then it’s time to let him do his daddy thing in his own daddy way. He may not do everything just like you do, but he loves fatherhood and is motivated to be the best man he can be for his children. At the end of the day, the dude is creating memories that his kids will cherish forever, and what’s better than that?
So, moms, here are 13 times to let dads be dads. While you may not take part in some of the behaviors shown here, you shouldn’t think this behavior is wrong. It’s just different, that’s all.
1. Dads create games doing the simplest things.
2. Dads know that unwinding after a long day doesn’t always involve sitting on the couch with a beer.
3. Dads make their kids believe they can fly.
4. Dads cherish that first daddy-daughter dance as much as the one on wedding day.
5. Dads will always show affection, no matter the reaction.
6. Dads are excellent problem solvers.
7. Dads know that the happiest hours are the ones spent with his kids.
8. Dads know that no amusement park is better than theirs.
9. Dads know that male bonding sessions are a lot more fun with kids around.
10. Dads will turn mundane chores into an adventure.
11. Dads will show their kids that with perseverance and hard work, they can catch the big one, too.
12. Dads know that getting through each day is much easier with a sense of humor.
13. Dads can make feeding time an expression of love, too.