My First Fatherless Father’s Day
This is my first Father’s Day without my dad. Although I haven’t been in the same place as my dad on Father’s Day for more than 20 years it is different now.
For the last couple of decades our Father’s Day visits were limited to phone calls or Skype chats. Sometimes I remembered to send him a card in time for it to arrive on time.
There will no more cards and no more phone calls. [Read more…]
Today is a stressful day for me.
It is the day that I become the answer to The Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe and Everything.
To be honest, I am a little surprised to discover that I am 42 years old. Up until a couple of weeks ago when my kids started reminding me of my birthday, I thought I was 40. I seem to have mentally skipped a year. Perhaps it is the year lost to sleep deprivation.
So now I have the pressure of having to be the answer to everything.
My kids already expect me to know all the answers to all of the why’s that they have. Now I have to deal with the rest of the population’s expectations that I not only know the answers, but that I also be the answer.
The hardest part of it all is that we don’t really know what The Ultimate Question is in the first place.
I am also unsure of whether when someone asks me everything if I ought to be providing ’42’ or ‘me’ as the answer.
I’m sure all of this will become clear as I settle into being the answer to everything.
How can I make a difference and influence change?
This week I was at the Dad 2.0 Summit in San Diego. It is a conference for dad influencers. We spend a few days hanging out with other dads who blog, podcast, vlog and tweet. It is an opportunity to learn from speakers and one another about how to be more effective influencers. We talk with the sponsors and take home some free stuff. Some make new contacts that will lead to paid work. In the midst of all that we’ll be chatting in the corridors and sessions, meals and over drinks about fatherhood and our lives in general. [Read more…]
The First Time I Felt Like a Dad
This post is inspired by the 100th episode of the Dad Spotlight podcast.
My Dad Moment
The first time I felt like a dad came in the hours after my first daughter was born, while my partner was sleeping after giving birth. It came in the hallway of the maternity ward as I walked up and down with my new daughter in my arms. [Read more…]