Easing into fatherhood has been challenging.
I never had experience with younger siblings or babies of any kind until I had my own.
Many of my friends were the opposite, as a lot had diapers to change at a young age when their siblings were infants. My wife spent several years in high school and college babysitting, so she had some experience as well. I took a few fatherhood and parenting classes at the community center, but I was still afraid that I wouldn’t be a good parent. But once the day finally came and my wife delivered our first son, things started to fall into place. I became a lot more confident as time went on and I became used to caring for an infant. Nowadays my kids are between the ages of 8 and 15, but it hasn’t gotten any easier raising them. If I had to be honest, it’s a lot harder when they’re teenagers. They quit listening to what you tell them and they constantly question your authority in a way that a young child doesn’t. Sure, kids of all ages can be unruly, but it’s different when their brains have barely developed. As teenagers they’re getting to a point where they think they know everything. Mine were constantly changing the temperature on our HVAC thermostat despite my orders to leave it alone. After the fifth time I caught one of them changing the air conditioner thermostat, I put a lock box on it. I wish it didn’t have to come to this, especially because it means my wife and I have to use a key whenever we want to change the temperature in the house. But if our kids won’t leave the thermostat alone otherwise, I’m not sure we have a choice.