“I am not the world’s greatest dad!”
Of course this statement opposes the more popular saying about dads we see on mugs and T-shirts proclaiming fathers everywhere to be “the world’s greatest dad” or “the world’s best dad!”
My statement and the title of this website I can live up to honorably and with integrity. The other statement about world greatness? Not so much, I try not to live out lies.
But … and perhaps this is a big but, my recognition of not being the world’s greatest father does not stop me from trying to be the best father I can be.
Not being the world’s greatest dad takes the pressure off of me as I strive to do my best as a father and be awesome in the process. This title allows for opportunities to get parenting right, otherwise known as mistakes, and allows for learning to take place.
My goal as a father is to be the best dad I can be while maintaining my uniqueness and identity in the process. I know full well that there will be times when I don’t “father” very well, and I try not to beat myself up in those moments, choosing instead to focus on improving and doing better the next time.
I love being a dad, and I enjoy the process of trying to figure out how to parent well. Sometimes I do an excellent job of this and sometimes I don’t, and I am OK with both.