Becoming a dad: life changing
BECOMING A DAD: LIFE CHANGING
Nothing anyone can say to you can really explain what happens when you become a dad – it is such an extraordinary event, truly life-changing, that it is impossible to conceive in advance how it will affect you. That’s why, like a boy scout, the best thing is to be prepared.
Now that doesn’t mean just decorating the baby’s room and buying loads of stuff, it means opening your mind to the fact that life will inevitably move to a different rhythm and you will have to go with it. You will also, for the first time in your existence, become truly responsible for another person: and this is for life.
As your kid grows up, your relationship with him or her will evolve, but essentially you will always be a parent, and the parent-child thing is for good (wonder why your folks still treat you like a kid? Well now you know: it’s their job).
Some men find this responsibility easier than others; some embrace their new role and the changes it brings to their routine, while others struggle with it. But for most of us, in the end, something clicks and we go from being lads to dads.
I found this transformation exciting and it seemed like the next logical step in my life. I felt I’d done my share of pubs and clubs and was ready for something else.
Of course, in the event, becoming a dad helps the process of growing up because you are forced to acknowledge that in the eyes of this small being, you are in charge. You are now the responsible adult.
That can be a pretty scary ides, but you are equipped to do it and it matters that you do.