As Dads, we have many responsibilities and shoulder many stressful things. We often shield our families from these stresses and concerns because we feel that it is our duty. We want the best for our families and want them to always feel safe and happy. Dads play many roles and are seen in a different light according to each member of their family.
- A strong superhero who can lift anything (and kill scary bugs)
- A smart and handy guy who can fix almost anything
- A great provider who keeps the family safe
- The navigator and course charter on family road trips
- The great protector who investigates scary noises at night
- A loving comforter who can ward off scary dreams with a bedtime prayer
For those dads on a journey to learn new things, such as programming, so that they can make a career jump, maintaining all of these roles can be very difficult. We must balance our family time with the time we spend in front of our computers. We can very easily make the argument that having time to learn is extremely important, for the good of the family. The truth is, in my opinion, nothing is more important to the family, than spending time with the family and creating great lasting memories. We can all adjust our schedules and commitments so that we have time with our family. We can get up a little earlier or even stay up a little later to accomplish our learning goals. We can always make up for lost hours of sleep, but we can never make up for lost hours with our family.
Being a dad is a very special and rewarding job. I only hope that I am doing the best I can to instill great values in my children, so that they might pass them on to my grandchildren.