W ith 2009 literally right around the corner, have you thought about how you plan to be a better dad in the upcoming year? Sure, we all make resolutions about loosing weight, or going back to school, but what about resolving to play with your kids more? What about starting everlasting family traditions with your kids?
I emailed a group of fellow dad bloggers and asked them how they plan on becoming better fathers in 2009 and I received responses back from 8 well know dad bloggers. These are the guys who plan on making themselves better for their children and their wives during the upcoming year and this post would not be possible without their help.
Let me be the first to thank you all who took the time to contribute to this project. I know I emailed you all about a week before Christmas and I’m sure you were being pulled in many different, time-consuming directions. I look forward to hearing from you and seeing where you stand at the end of the year.
Chuck from D is for Dad resolves to:
Clay Nichols (aka. Daddy Clay) on DadLabs.com shares 7 insightful parenting resolutions for the new year:
Whit Honea from Honea Express offers up some tidbits on how he plans to be a better father in 2009:
I want to work less and play more. Most of my resolutions revolve around this. I never thought I’d be an all work and no play guy, but it has happened and I don’t like it.
Along those same lines, I’d like to have more empathy. My boys see nothing but joy and I’ve become too quick to dismiss their excitement rather than partake in it. At the end of the day I feel like I’m letting moments go by without living in them. Sure, sometimes it’s necessary, but not always.
Finally, in terms of the areas that require my improving- anger. I’m not sure when it became an issue, but I don’t like it. Seriously, how does one get so upset at a 2 or 5-year-old? It’s ridiculous.
So yeah, I’m not perfect.
However, some of the things that I want in 2009 are already in play. I want to continue to give my children a safe home full of love. I want them to continue to grow and learn and challenge their own curiosities. I want them to build their own mold.
That’s it. Basically I want to be a better person, which will, hopefully, translate into a better father. I’ve got two good reasons to make it happen.
When I started The Dad Jam this year, after Sweet Cheeks was born, I had no idea what impact it would have on my life and those of others. I met many great dads, including Tyler at Building Camelot, who have all been happy to share their experience and knowledge in the realms of blogging, parenting and marriage-ing with me.
Well, this is just the tip of the ice-cream cone, and it’s a triple-scooper. There’s sure to be a scoop of Rocky Road in there, but I’m hoping it’ll mostly be smooth chocolate. Maybe there’ll be a cherry on top, maybe there won’t. As long as I keep licking (and avoid getting licked), I’m sure to find out.
Here’s how I plan to lick, and avoid getting licked, in 2009:
And as a bonus, I will keep on jamming and collaborating with all the dads you see here and more, to continue to learn, improve and inspire.
Tom from Being Michael’s Daddy Here are my dad resolutions for 2009:
Ben Murphy, Founder/CEO of TheFatherLife.com lists 5 of his dad resolutions:
A nd last, but certainly not least, Buck Rogers (aka BuckDaddy and fellow Memphis dad blogger) can be found blogging almost daily at Buck’s Blog where he shares product reviews and adventures/mishaps of trying to stay fit, debt-free all while raising a little girl from a father’s perspective.
Which leads me to my next resolution.
I broke one of my cardinal rules with writing about religion but I think it is an important part of my life that has been missing. Good luck to all you Dads out there with your resolutions.
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