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Dad Diaries – The Top Five Things About Being A Father

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While the pressures of being the proverbial ‘man of the house’ are significant, the sheer pleasure of spending time with my children more than off-sets such pressures. In fact, of life’s many pleasures, very few compare to the joys of fatherhood.

For me, the five best things about being a father to my children are:

1. The Friendships

Although my children don’t know it, I love being their friend – the guy they confide in when mom punishes them; the confidante when they have been naughty and look for a friendly ear, and the handyman who fixes their toys and drawings when things don’t work or when the colors are “not within the lines” in coloring books.

2. Being Their Hero

My kids aren’t stingy with their adoration. They make me feel like their real life hero, who is there for them when things go wrong, when they lack the ability to communicate their feelings and reach out to me to read their thoughts, and make gestures to tell me that they need a shoulder (or tummy, in my case) to lean on.

3. Sharing the Little Things

It’s the common interests and shared experiences that bind. In our family, my son and daughter share my passion for popular music – I look forward to drives with them with Katy Perry’s or Rihanna’s blaring on the car stereo. All of us sing in unison and I sneakily lower the volume to hear them sing on their own. These are memories that I will cherish and hold on to for as long as I live.

4. Family time

Whether we are all cuddled up in bed together, or going swimming, or hanging with the grandparents, kids are incredibly sensitive of the need to do things together as a unit – my children refer to this time spent together as “family love” and they even insist on me not doing any work when I come back home, despite my need to meet crazy deadlines!

5. Seeing Them Develop a Special Bond

I was close to my own siblings. And now watching my children begin to appreciate each other is a rewarding sight. Witnessing how this closeness develops – watching them fight, watching them make up, and watching them defend one another whilst under attack from one of us parents – is truly a joy.  I hope to see this bond become stronger over time and to see my kids continue to look out for each other in their teens – Not!!

 


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Contributed by Usman Jamil

Usman Jamil is a writer and lawyer. When he’s not busy fighting crime, he can be found playing basketball and swimming with his 2 lovely children.

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