Welcome to my blog.
Nah, too lame.
Class is in session.
Oh yeah, all guys love school. What a great way to draw in the readers …
Now that’s the way to start a new blog. Who could resist reading more about the primary focus of pretty much every man on earth (well, nine out of 10, if you believe the statistics)?
A guy with a kid, that’s who.
I’m sure every new Dad’s priorities changed when his first child came along. It happened for me when my daughter Layne was born on July 3, 2007. (And I’ve officially pissed off my wife for linking to a picture of her 10 minutes after delivery – it was bound to happen sometime, I guess).
In the past 16 months I’ve spent a lot of time trying to learn – through experimenting and guessing and taking advice and making up the rules and doing what I thought (hoped) was right – how to do the only job in my life that will really, truly matter after I’m in the ground – raise a smart, healthy, socially-conscious, fun, responsible, hard-working, adventurous, and respectful child who will make me proud, not through winning awards or accolades (although those would be nice), but through helping others and making the world a better place.
So, instead of fumbling blindly along holding onto my wife’s hand as she leads me down the proper hallways, I thought a blog that brings dads – new and old – together to share thoughts and ideas on how to raise a ‘good’ kid would be a good idea. Hopefully it can be fun and somewhat informative, and maybe our better halves will drop by and tell us what we’re doing wrong and how to improve (admit it, our wives/girlfriends are vastly superior to us, because they can run on two hours of sleep for six straight months, be elbows deep in green poop, have vomit in their hair and still turn us on – see engorged breasts).
So check back daily and send me comments and discussion points.
If you’re anything like me, you can use all the help you can get.