24 Weeks: Fatherhood Part II

May 16, 2012

Overall I feel like fatherhood is going to be a learning experience for me even more than my child!  But there are several things I’m particularly looking forward to doing with him:

Cooking – When I was a kid I would try to help in the kitchen, but I didn’t really do too much, and my mom didn’t take it any further than I apparently wanted to contribute.  But I realized when I was in college that I had an appreciation for great food but didn’t really know how to cook it.  In fact, I almost felt like the kitchen was space that I wasn’t supposed to be in.  So I’d love to expose my kids to the kitchen early on and encourage them to learn how to prepare food.  I’ve always believed that there are no bad cooks out there – it just takes familiarity via experience, and the bravery to fail!

Hobbies – I have a lot of hobbies but I’m not a master of any of them.  I guess brewing is the one I do best, but I also like to paint, garden, and build stuff.  As a kid I played the guitar and banjo but I’ve become less interested in them.  It must be hard for parents to resist the temptation to force their own hobbies onto their kids.  How many out there were forced to play an instrument or a certain sport?  So I’m looking forward to exposing them to many different hobbies and activities and letting them decide which ones they like.

Being Outside – I hope that my kids will have an appreciation for the earth.  Whether that’s a specific interest in conservation or an enjoyment of hiking or playing sports with friends or just walking in the amazing city we live in.  As a society it seems we’re more interested in living green than we’ve ever been, but I wonder how that affects kids growing up now?  When I was kid and we would have Earth Day or Arbor Day events, I felt like it was just contrived or unnecessary.  Like acknowledging the existence of the planet.  But now people are much more informed about the fragility of the earth, and I hope that my kids grow up with an attitude of not taking it for granted.

Science Experiments – I don’t know where I’m going with this one, but there must be all sorts of fun science experiments you can do at home… you know, blowin stuff up, shooting rockets, growing bacteria, robots, physics tests.  Super nerd time!

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{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Krissy @ Shiawase Life May 16, 2012 at 8:03 am

Great post from the male perspective :)

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2 Diana @ frontyardfoodie May 16, 2012 at 8:10 am

Awww, I love this!

Watching my husband turn into a father was so much fun. Now that our son is a toddler they are really starting to be able to interact with things like hobbies and my son just LOVES following him around. My husbands hobbies include beer brewing as well which obviously a toddler can’t help with but right now I’m watching them, my son on a chair watching my husband make coffee (he’s a coffee fanatic too) and pointing to the grinder saying ‘coffee?’ and hearing the water boil saying ‘hot!’. He just likes being around dad when dad is doing something he loves. You’ll obviously not be able to control what your son likes to do but showing him how much you like to do what you do is the best example.

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3 Amanda May 16, 2012 at 8:25 am

Since I am a science teacher, my three year old and six year old are always doing experiments and love it! People, especially students always think that I crazy; however I am able to incorporate reading , writing, color and shape identification, counting/ math concepts and much more into a fun activity that promotes inquiry learning! Science Nerds Rock!

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4 kate May 16, 2012 at 8:53 am

You should get Mr. Wizard’s Supermarket of Science! It’s a book from the 80’s of science experiements to do with kids. My mom’s a chemist, so we always did stuff like that. (Sadly it did not help me pass Organic Chemistry in college).

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5 Elisabeth May 16, 2012 at 10:49 am

I loved watching the Mr. Wizard show when I was a kid! :)

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6 Lara May 16, 2012 at 9:27 am

Great perspective Matt! My two boys (3, 6) help me alot in the garden, cooking (cranking out pasta and make your own pizza are the favorites around here), and yes, science experiments ranging from volcanoes, making gluk and slime to even basics like sink or float! So fun! Check out those learning towers for helping in the kitchen. Or, if you are handy (like my hub), he made a double wide one that the both kids still use.

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7 Kelsey May 16, 2012 at 9:29 am

Matt a nerd? No way…. ;)

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8 KatyRenee May 16, 2012 at 10:05 am

Very cute perspective. My husband and fellow father-to-be is obsessed with this book. http://www.fiftydangerousthings.com/

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9 Averie @ Averie Cooks May 16, 2012 at 11:29 am

Matt you are going to be such an amazing father. I can’t wait to watch you and Kath with your baby and see how life unfolds for you guys!

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10 natasha May 16, 2012 at 12:17 pm

This is such a sweet post . . . one day the baby will be all grown up and treasure this!

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11 cassy May 16, 2012 at 12:47 pm

this is so cute! i love to see dad’s and their kids together.

Matt kind of reminds me of the dad from Modern Family (i think his name is Frank?)! i love the relationship he has with his son.. and they kind of look like each other!

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12 Nicole May 17, 2012 at 8:22 am

This is all the same stuff I can’t wait to do with our future children someday, especially the science experiments!

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13 Nicole May 17, 2012 at 10:03 am

I love cooking with my boys and one of the BEST investments I ever made when they were little was to buy a Learning Tower so they could be right there with me in the kitchen but not standing on a dangerous wobbly chair (toddlers+standing on chair = trip to ER! LOL)
Check them out–they’re not cheap but I re-sold mine about 4 years after buying it (once my boys were tall enough not to need it) and I got more than half of what I paid for it!
http://www.littlepartners.com/

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14 Sara May 17, 2012 at 10:20 am

Yay, science! There are so many cool science things to do with kids. Cooking is one of them, so that’s a two-fer: cooking and science together. :) Be sure to check out Steve Spangler Science and Mindware. There are so many fun things out there to get science into everyday stuff and at a very young age. (Ok, I’m an engineer, so I’m completely biased, but it’s fun to turn your kids into nerds!)

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15 Sara May 17, 2012 at 10:27 am

Oh! And you may be too young to remember this awesome show, but Beakman’s World is on Netflix (streaming)! Our kids love it.

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16 ASLmomNextDoor May 17, 2012 at 11:37 am

For some reason, I had a really good time with an electricity kit as a kid, like this one:

http://www.discoverthis.com/electronic-project-lab-75.html

Now I am in healthcare but it was definitely fun when I had it!

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17 Angel7 May 17, 2012 at 11:50 am

Cooking did not come naturally to me. It has taken and still takes lots of practice, especially since we like gourmet-like meals :) I want our children to be inspired to cook, and I do not want the kitchen to be so foreign to her.

http://faithfulsolutions.blogspot.com/

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18 Hannah May 18, 2012 at 6:16 pm

Great post! I think one of the most exciting things about being a parent is teaching things to your child.
My parents decided to switch breadwinners for a number of months after my sister was born when I was three. My dad was Mr. Mom, and I was able to “help” my dad fix the car, sink, and learn all kinds of things. When my mom came home from work, I’d say, “Mom, I learned what a vortex is today.”
Loved that I had that experience with my dad. :)

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