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Friday, May 13, 2016

Dad’s View: My Changing Interests for the Sake of My Daughters

By John G. Warren


It’s no secret the family name ends with me. Having all girls means three proms, three weddings, and three occupied bathrooms. That’s fine, for if it were a household of all boys, there would be no Beauty Shop, Easy Bake Oven Test Lab, or the many other wonderful benefits of the pink world. But in days of late, my girls seem to be gravitating toward their mother. I suddenly noticed I’d lost my grade school sports commentators to the reality shows about interior design or families involved in some kind of dance team drama. What happened to the days of large hot chocolates while watching college football for hours on end?

With a broken heart I realized that they could care less about the NCAA Basketball Tournament. I will forever cherish the memories of their asking, “How come you can’t dribble a puck?” and “Why do catchers and goalies get to dress like turtles?”

I resented my wife for taking my buddies away from the upstairs couch: the closest thing to a Man Cave I’ve ever had. What happened to my rowdy cheering squad of pig-tailed girls in flannel gowns? They’d left me alone on one floor while they giggled with their mother over their newfound passion of house renovation on another floor.

One night, sipping my hot chocolate alone while watching my team lose, I realized the only thing left to do was convert. I was spending my time alone while the most important people in my life were going about life without me. If I was to be with them then I had to go to their world.

The Fantasy Football League was soon replaced with Flip This House and Design on a Dime. And they’ve accepted me with open arms. Heck, I was surprised to find out how much time we get to spend at Lowe’s and Home Depot. And the best part of it all is we’re together.

How do you stay connected with your kids as their interests change? 

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