What are the biggest challenges I face as a father?
Calling all dads: what are your thoughts on this question?
As a mom with mom-friends, I feel like I spend a lot of time talking about the challenges of motherhood, and I gain valuable feedback when I’m honest about the hardships I’m facing. It is always reassuring to hear that I am not alone in the way I feel and not irreparably to blame for the mistakes I make (daily!). Ultimately, I am deeply grateful for the benefits of thinking and talking about the challenges of motherhood in community.
This week’s question is an invitation for any men ponderfolk out there, who are being celebrated this Father’s Day, to reflect in an open forum on the challenges you face. What we as a society expect of our fathers seems to have changed dramatically from what it was a generation ago, and certainly two generations ago. How does that play out for you on a daily basis? What are the current expectations? In what ways are they both welcome and challenging?
What might you share that could be illuminating to the other dads out there—and to us moms who are your partners with you in this wild ride called parenting?