By Bruce Linton
Becoming a father was certainly the most life changing event I have ever experienced. How prepared was I? I had recently studied to become a Marriage and Family Therapist. My wife was a nursery RN. I thought I was prepared…
I had gone to a lot of prenatal classes. The birth was amazing!!! But I was not prepared for how the entire rest of my life would change. My book “Becoming a Dad, how fatherhood changes men” shares my story and many of the dads whom have shared their journey’s along the way in my Fathers’ Forum Program.
But in those early years I found the best path was to let my kids teach me what I needed to know. I also found in my Father’s Groups really helped too. Although us dads were all doing things a little different; we were all having to go through the same struggles. And what I was learning from my kids they were learning from theirs too! And together we all learned to be better students!!!
Becoming a father is the most profound developmental stage in our adult development. Becoming a father makes us into the men like no other experience we have. Becoming a father matures us and brings out the best of who we are. Sometimes we do make mistakes and embarrass ourselves and sometimes have very bad behavior and unthoughtful actions that we need to improve on. Here are three things I learned while becoming a father that my kids made me aware of.