I wish I knew that I was good enough to be the parent I wanted to be, the all-star dad I imagined myself being. I wish someone, another dad who had gone through it before me, had sat me down and said,
“Look kid, you might get strange looks at the park, you may hear some condescension at the grocery store and it is possible that members of your own immediate family won’t trust your judgment at first but you be the best version of you and, in no time at all, you’ll prove them all wrong. You’re going to be a remarkable dad.”
It took me a little while, too long probably, to come to the realization that, yes, maybe I approach parenthood differently than some (and VERY different from others), but my ideas and tactics had value when it comes to raising bright, inquisitive and interesting daughters, and that me being the best version of myself is the absolute best thing I could ever give, and ever do, for my children.
-Jeff Bogle blogs at Out With the Kids.