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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