I’m not exactly sure what my expectations were when I became a dad. My wife and I often joke that we really can’t remember what life was like before kids. When you finally have your first child in your arms, it’s the most wondrous and exciting moment of your life as well as one of the most shocking and intimidating. I’ll never forget standing in the delivery room holding my son as he looked up at me with his eyes wide open, as if he were thinking, “All right, buddy. Don’t mess this up.”
I doubt anyone who’s ever become a father has ever felt prepared. I heard people say things like, “Oh, your life is never going to be the same once you have kids.” But how is that helpful to a new dad? There are some facts about fatherhood that are unavoidable. One is that you just have to experience it to learn some hard lessons. Another is that we won’t learn those lessons if we aren’t honest with ourselves. Here are 3 things we need to be honest about in fatherhood.