8 Lessons I Taught My Son and Relearned Myself

Fatherhood has recharged my emotional batteries and made me human again. Something I didn’t know I needed until it happened. I’ve been so obsessed with working hard, counting dollars, being logical and professional—losing sight of the important healthy things we should be doing every day. Lessons I learned as a child had been long forgotten and I was on a path of an emotionally drained, non-stop working robot. Then came my son.  

Everyone knows being a stay-at-home parent forces you to learn new skills, but it’s more than that. Teaching my son the basics of life principles has given me a refresher course on how I should live and act. Things that took a back-burner since I started this daily grind of adulthood. Thank goodness I unknowingly enrolled in “reminding you what’s important 101” with an awesome little professor, my son Ollie. Of course, I have to give a shout out to my wife as without her dedication and help, I could never be the stay-at-home dad that I am.


8 Lessons I taught My son and I relearned myself:

Lesson 1: It’s okay to make mistakes and say sorry (I’m that guy that’s never wrong)

Lesson 2: Let loose, have fun, sing and dance, be silly, play, and enjoy yourself.

Lesson 3: You will get dirty, choose to have fun instead of being grumpy.

Lesson 4: Falling down happens, get back up and shake it off.

Lesson 5: Give hugs and kisses often and always say I love you.

Lesson 6: Don’t be afraid to try new things.

Lesson 7: Not everyone at the playground is friendly. Get over it and move on.

Lesson 8: Sometimes you just have to roll with it.

It’s the little things we do every day that make the biggest difference in our happiness and mental state. I have to show my son by example and following these simple lessons has given me more joy, less stress, and some sort of balance that I didn’t have otherwise. I couldn’t be happier as a stay-at-home dad.

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