10 Things I Love About Fatherhood

Just a few of my favorite things about fatherhood:

  1. The feeling of your child’s hand gripping your finger in total trust, as if by holding on to it, everything is right with the world.
  2. Getting to be the hero.
  3. A two-year-old’s kisses.
  4. You are an instant authority on everything.
  5. Snuggling together with a couple of books makes the world go away for awhile.
  6. You can be any kind of dad that you want. I’m “papa” or “poppy”.
  7. Hearing “I love you” from a child is ultra cool.
  8. You don’t have to be your dad. Be the dad you always wanted.
  9. You get to re-experience life through a child’s view as you observe the world with them. They will show you and tell you some amazing things.
  10. You now have your own tribe.

Derek Markham

Things I dig include: simple living, natural fatherhood, attachment parenting, natural building, unassisted childbirth (homebirth), bicycles, permaculture, organic and biodynamic gardening, vegan peanut butter cookies with chocolate chips, bouldering, and the blues. Find me elsewhere at @NaturalPapa, @DerekMarkham, Google+, or RebelMouse.

2 thoughts on “10 Things I Love About Fatherhood

  • June 27, 2008 at 2:48 pm

    Holding onto my finger. My two year old boy did that for the first time when we walked home from the playground. He was tired, but didn’t want me to carry him. So he walked, but gripped my finger the entire trip home…

  • June 28, 2008 at 1:39 pm

    I call it the “kung fu” grip (from the old GI Joe action figure). All is right with the world when we’re connected…


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