Sitting here listening to some hockey (Wild win in Detroit, 4-2) after watching an episode of Homeland, drinking a glass of this, trying to figure out what my edition of Father Knows Best should address. I realize that any of those first three items could (and typically do) generate a whole day’s worth of conversation here at the World’s Greatest, but none of them really help me with the task at hand: namely, come up with something about being a father that is useful, challenging, interesting and LTE-inducing – all while keeping the post manageable, i.e., short.
More after the jump…
I could write about all of the things I’ve done and continue to do wrong with regards to parenting.
I could write about all of the things I’ve done right (it would be a short post and likely fail to meet most of those “task at hand” criteria).
I could brag about how smart, cute, funny or all-around amazing my little girl is. She is all of those things and then some – the anecdotes would more than fill our own little corner of the internets.
I could ask a question like, “How does one begin the process of potty-training?” “What do you think is the most important aspect of selecting a preschool, elementary, high school or college?” or, “When is the right age to have ‘The Talk’?”
I could ask for suggestions about child-centric music, movies, books or toys; look for “best of” or “must have” items for toddlers, preschoolers, young children, grade-schoolers, preteens, teens, college kids or young adults. Lord knows we have a wealth of knowledge and experience represented within this fantastic community of fathers (and mother). Actually, this last sentence leads me to the denouement.
Seeing as how this edition of FKB is a renewal of sorts, I figured I’d make my point by simultaneously opening it up for discussion on any of the aforementioned topics. I challenge each of you to share something that occurred to you while reading my laundry list of post possibilities. If you have a recommendation for a favorite book or toy, put it out there. If you just went through potty-training or college applications, tell us about it. If you made a colossal blunder or experienced some breath taking success, by all means, share it with us! If you just want to share a picture or brag about your kid(s), go for it.
Also, I apologize if by doing a post in this manner, I’ve torpedoed any future ideas by Father Knows Best authors. Think of it this way, if something generates a ton of comments, you’ll know what to focus on for your go-round. If something doesn’t get touched, take that as a sign of what to avoid!
Have at it. FYI - that Dark Horse was amazing.