Category: Daddy diaries

Sorry kiddo, I was a reckless teen

Lately I’ve been thinking not only about the consequences that my current actions will have on my daughter, but also my past behaviours. For want of an all-encompassing term, I’ll use ‘retrograde responsibility’ which I’ll define as feelings of guilt over things years past. Specifically, actions which may […]

Finding balance in being a dad

Being a parent is a lot like the force, in that balance is the best approach, something I’m becoming increasingly aware of. Between us, Elisabeth and I have become a complete support system for our daughter. Yet it’s an impossibility to be forever together, the three of us. […]

Becoming a role model, like master and Padawan

Despite the forbiddance of attachment in the Jedi Order, it’s inevitable that masters will develop some affection for their Padawans. For apprentices, often plucked from their parents at tender ages, their masters become parental figures by proxy. More than that, they are role models, imparting life lessons, the […]

Being a parent is storytelling

People naturally ascribe human traits to the inanimate and animals, so it stands to reason that babies would be no different. Previously, I’d have called a twitch of a baby’s mouth exactly that – a twitch. Now, though, every little tick and curl of the lips is a […]