Es­sen­tial ex­pe­ri­ences ev­ery dad should have Be ter­ri­fied dur­ing labour Change A Di­a­per. No, change lots of them Be con­fused by chil­dren’s clothes Con­quer fears ( yours or theirs) Take your child to work Teach your kid to drive

Jamaica Gleaner - - DEDICATED TO DAD FEATURE - Source:

IN CEL­E­BRA­TION of Father’s Day, we give you this must-do list of things you ought to ex­pe­ri­ence in or­der to con­sider your­self a dad!

Men are unan­i­mous: Watch­ing a wo­man go through child­birth is a hum­bling, dis­ori­ent­ing, fright­en­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. But when you hold your child in your arms for the first time, it’s amaz­ing. There are no words.

To en­joy tak­ing care of chil­dren, you have to par­tic­i­pate in the daily grind of it. There are no high­lights of father­hood with­out the hard work of father­hood. Weird but true: One di­a­per change is a chore. One thou­sand di­a­per changes are a bless­ing.

This one’s for the wife. She will laugh when she comes home and you’ve dressed the baby in a bathing suit be­cause you thought it was just a weird one­sie, or you’ve put an older kid in her lit­tle sib­ling’s pants, which you mis­took for shorts. Laugh­ter keeps the fam­ily to­gether!

There’s noth­ing quite like the ex­pe­ri­ence of over­com­ing your own fear - or pre­tend­ing to - in or­der to keep your kids from be­ing afraid. Calmly pluck­ing a gross, hairy bug off a tod­dler’s face is a mile­stone of adult­hood. As is lay­ing the ground­work so your kid won’t be scared by things you were scared of as a child.

Kids are fas­ci­nated by what you do when you’re not around.

Ap­par­ently, it’s uni­ver­sal world­wide: Dads are the ones to coach their chil­dren dur­ing first spin be­hind

Cel­e­brate grad­u­a­tions and mile­stones, large and small

Make a big deal out of ev­ery ac­com­plish­ment. It lets your kids know that their par­ents have their back and their fam­ily sup­ports them.

Walk your daugh­ter down the aisle

These days, mar­riage is on the wane world­wide and the daugh­ter has prob­a­bly left home long be­fore she gets mar­ried, but that makes this spe­cial mo­ment even more spe­cial.

Go on va­ca­tion (with­out pay­ing)

Some­day your child will grow up, get a job, re­alise how much you’ve done for him or her, and, if they’re in a po­si­tion to do so, start foot­ing the bill for fam­ily va­ca­tions, din­ners and other events. Awe­some!

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