President Obama has said that being a father to Malia and Sasha is the most important job he has. At the same time, growing up without a dad himself, the President understands firsthand the holes that fathers leave in their families when they are absent.
via Fatherhood.gov (emphasis mine)
I tend to avoid partisan politics on this blog. I’d much rather see all elected officials work for the good of the nation instead of the good of their own careers. But that’s not the point of this post. My point is this:
I stand with the President.
I may screw up at times…
(I know – some still argue that I wasn’t at fault here. I still feel bad about it though)
I may struggle with how to handle things when I see my children struggle the same way I did…
I may joke about my shortcomings as a dad…
Tonight's goal was to get everyone in bed by 9. I'll count 9:30 as a win.
— Matt Todd (@mattdantodd) March 7, 2013
and I’m not one to get worked up over poorly thought-out corporate tweets…
Does Dad ever have a day where he's in charge?
— Playskool (@playskool) March 1, 2013
but I take being a father very seriously. It can be mind-numbingly frustrating at times. It can make you want to pull your (
quickly graying already gray) hair out. It can lead you to the highest of highs as you cheer your children on when they succeed and the lowest of lows as your heart breaks while you watch them struggle. And even though the apartment might start looking like a college dorm when I’m in charge of getting the household chores done in a timely manner, the journey is well worth it.
Although I can pretend to be one from time to time, I’m no all star. I’m no super hero. I’m just a guy who loves my wife and loves my kids.
And there’s nothing else I’d rather be.