The greatest joys in my life have been seeing the birth of my children. I cut their umbilical cords to give them life. In response they cried their heads off, “What is happening to me?”
In the years that have followed I too have wondered what was happening to me. Becoming a father is a life-changing experience. My life changed in these five ways after I became a parent.
I Am More Self Aware
Being a father has made me more self aware. I remember thinking on my oldest son’s first birthday that he understood everything I said to him. A parent is observed closely by children. Everything I say and everything I do influences my children. It makes me more self aware resulting in decisions and actions that are more meaningful.
I Understand God Better
The first time I spanked my son, I cried. God was in the moment, crying with me, saying, “see how painful it is to discipline your son? See what I go through when I discipline you?” My understanding of God skyrocketed.
I Have a Better Marriage
I am a firm believer that to be a good parent I first must be a good husband. Happy parents lead to happy children. My wife and I build our marriage out of our love for each other but we know that the benefits to our kids are immense.
I Have Learned How to Sacrifice
Nothing teaches you about sacrifice like becoming a parent. My children need me and I want to provide for them. In order to meet their needs, I have to sacrifice my needs. What a joy it is to care for someone you love.
I Have a Richer Life
I see the world through my kid’s eyes. My children keep me honest. When they were young, we played basketball all day long. Now that they are older, we sit around and talk about life. Fatherhood has enriched my life. No, my kids have.
I have the best family because it is my family. I love my family and I love the life I have with them. My life has changed for the better after I became a parent.