This is My Boy, I Got This by Luke Granato
My son, Samson (known to all as “Sonny”) has given me countless little occasions that qualify as “welcome to dad-hood” instances. Changing the first diaper in the hospital, the first bleary-eyed early morning feeding, getting puked on, getting smiled at, eliciting laughter, first mini-hoop dunk…the list can go on and on. I have enjoyed all of these experiences with my son and each one has brought me to a new level of dad-ness. It was not until nine months into Sonny’s life, however, that I had my first, “This is my boy, I got this,” moment.
Man Time by Ari Barnett
My favorite fathers experience with my son, who is known throughout our extended family as “King Anthony”, occurs every Sunday between the months of September and January. It is on those days, that my wife hibernates to the bedroom, dusts off her DVR with a week’s worth of missed programming, and lets King Anthony and I enjoy what has become known as ‘Man Time’ in our house.
Man time consists of not only watching various football games (thanks Direct TV Sunday NFL ticket) all day. It also includes tracking player statistics, stuffing our faces (me with buffalo wings, him with Similac), and learning the fundamentals of the game. ‘Man Time’ is very special to me because I remember when I was little. My father would set me in front of the TV and we would partake in the same Barnett ritual. I believe that is how I grew up to love the game of football from such an early age.
‘Man Time’ usually ends around 6:00pm when my wife calls us from downstairs for dinner. Once the calls go unanswered she eventually comes upstairs to find her two boys passed out sound asleep in front of the TV. Mommy usually gets a good laugh out of this and snaps off a few pictures. It’s ok though. Anthony and I are good sports about it. This our tradition. Every week during football season. Man time. My favorite memories of my son and I.
Reflections of Fatherhood by Seth Golder
Doing Riley’s bedtime is one of the best times I get to spend with her. During the weekdays I don’t get to see much of her; I am practically out the door when she wakes up and have at best three hours with her by the time I get home. And to be completely honest, that last hour is usually a marathon of walking around with her, bouncing her and watching Word Party on Netflix to keep her up to an hour that will let her sleep through the night. …
I am really thrilled to announce a new series that will be starting Wednesday: Strong Fathers, Strong Memories. Each Wednesday in June will showcase a different father’s memory. The memories written by featured fathers will show strong bonds anyone with a heartbeat can relate to. …