“It’s very sweet…[But] why would a father kiss his daughter on the lips? Don’t get it – creepy. Weird.”
"I think this is outrageous - unfair on the mother; unfair on the father, who's being made to feel unimportant. He needs to bond too."
"I just think that when you've got a three-month-old baby and you're exhausted and you're doing everything on your own, the hurt and pain."
Since I have become the proud owner two “tweenagers,” I have learned how contrast the landscape has changed when it comes to dealing with children as they sprout up.
For anyone who has ever traveled with infants and toddlers, he or she knows that it’s a completely different experience than the good ole “pre-baby” days. The notion of “traveling light” goes out of the airlock door, and it’s simply a matter of how many things you can stuff into your allocated luggage for children in the event ANYTHING happens.
As I sit here deliberating over which parenting topic to share this time, I cannot help but constantly ask myself whether the father’s role today has changed? Furthermore, has this shift in expectations and responsibilities played a part in shaping the sort of father I aspire to become? With that in mind, now seems like an opportune time to reflect on my own childhood experiences and the resulting perception of parenting responsibilities forged from them.