Dad Mode: Am I Doing This Right?
By Cody Bunger on Aug 22, 2022
Five months ago my life changed drastically. I woke up one day and I was a dad! To date, it’s the best thing that has ever happened to me. I thought the transition from a husband to a dad was going to be hard. I got in my own head thinking about all the things I didn’t know and how I was, somehow, going to mess things up. I’m glad to say it has been a much easier transition than I thought it would be.
There are plenty of reading materials to help you out along the way but it’s nothing compared to the real thing. Of course I got all the new parent questions: “How’s the sleepless nights?”, “Have you done this?”, “Have you tried that?” As well as, unsolicited advice from other parents thinking that it pertains to all children. The fact is, all families are different. Something that worked for their child might not work for your child. It’s a constant battle to find the right pathway for you, your child, and your family.
During the first five months of being a dad I have learned that the most important rule is to STICK TO A SCHEDULE! First of all, I have to give most of the credit to my wife. She is a 1st grade teacher so you can imagine her organizational skills and scheduling abilities. She has been the rock that has held us together throughout the transition to becoming a family of three. Without her I would have been lost. I have never been the type of person to plan ahead and typically stray from any plan set in place. I can officially say that my life is now planned out until 8pm or 9pm – Depending on when my little girl finally decides it’s time for her to sleep through the night.
So to all the new dads out there, don’t get in your head about what is right and what is wrong. Just go with what you know and you’ll catch on! In time it will become second nature and you’ll have a happy little one that will change your life too.