I’m adding a title to my list of life accomplishments – GRANDPA or POP or BOOMPAW or whatever the soon-to-arrive granddaughter chooses to call me. I’ve interviewed seasoned grandparents, and their blessed event was marked by giddy anticipation that morphed into a need to spoil. Rational and responsible adults lose all restraint when it comes to their grandchildren. Sounds like fun.
For the new parents, though, baby’s arrival means change. I am not about to list or attempt to explain the adjustments Mom must make. My wife seemed to embrace motherhood without missing a step, but that’s how things are done on Krypton her home planet. I do know that the new Daddy suddenly finds himself booted from his position as the sole customer for Momma’s attention. About two months into the baby break-in period how many guys wonder, “What was I thinking? What have I done?” That’s Dad’s defining moment to choose sacrifice or selfishness.
Do you know a prospective Daddy-to-be? Want to help with his transition to fatherhood? Why not put together a New Daddy Survival Kit to give him an idea of what’s coming? The Mother-to-be usually has well-wishers who organize a baby shower or two, but Dad is often left out. This is a great way to include him, educate him, and enjoy some laughs with him.
My son-in-law, Daniel, is the inspiration for this post. He’s going to be a great Dad. What other type of Dad could he be since he’ll be working with the world’s most adorable grandchild?
Behold, children are a gift of the LORD, The fruit of the womb is a reward. Psalm 127:3 NASB