Being a Father can be a Double-Edged Sword
There are many struggles and difficulties of being a Mother, everyone can agree. Most have to work while raising their children, many have to wear many hats and have multiple responsibilities, and they walk a fine line between nurturing and firm to teach right from wrong. I take nothing away from the job of being a mother and I know it is crazy hard. But…bear with me.
Let’s take a moment to look at the easy job of being a Father. I do not for a second mean taking part in creating a child, I am talking about those of us who put our heart and soul into caring for our families. Those of us who would give our last breath protecting our children feel every ounce of pain they feel and ponder every possible situation they might encounter. By the way, we are working parents too, and in most cases, do not get time off work to be with the baby.
If there have been problems with past pregnancies and she finally carries a baby to term; you endure nine months that feel like the equivalent of walking along a cliff. There is nothing you can do to protect them because there is nothing physical to protect them from. You just hope and worry about everything.
Then, when you have daughters, the boys start to come around. Trust me, you have to walk a fine line when this begins to happen. If you are too protective, you will lose the relationship you have built with her, if you are too trusting, some dirt bag will make you want to use your Samurai swords. You want your girls to be strong and independent, but it hard once they are.
Then comes the day that you have to share them with someone else. Even if this is the right person and someone they love, you still worry about them. Keep your mouth shut though unless there is a real reason for something to be said. You will never win that battle.
Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads out there. And Moms, you are pretty awesome too!