Call it a side effect, a byproduct or an outcome, but fatherhood can lead to some rad consequences. It’s the most responsibility and pressure you can earn, but it’s also a perfect opportunity. I see a lot of “dads are buddies” stereotypes. It can be confusing to witness. There’s a pervasive myth that we’re a bunch of half-grown children. While that may well be true, there is something powerful about creating and playing with your kids. Something that can’t be witnessed from a higher altitude. That something is love. Affinity or love is defined by closeness or proximity. If you love something, you want to be close to it. Parenting from an ivory tower in the mountains means messages are sent you never get to witness their receipt.
At least, that’s what I tell myself when I feel out playing with toys with my sons.