Since then, so many other phrases have crossed my path. Barbies, Disney princesses, and all things pink have been introduced to my world. A second daughter five years later only intensified everything.
So what have I learned in the past decade of daddy-ness? Oh, a whole lot of things:
- Priorities - things like "time management" and "what's worth fighting for" have been completely redefined. I've learned to say "no" to a lot because saying "yes" to my daughters is more critical. The issues which once made me hyper seem to have little effect on me now.
- Management - ill-behaving executives and nasty managers are no contest any more. I'm not afraid to face them down or just walk away from bad behavior. Parenting teaches you how to herd the cats in the right direction. The "eat your spinach" message has taken on new meaning.
- Attention - being in the moment has become more critical than ever. There's little room for mind-wandering when a kid wants your attention. Same goes for clients.
- Multi-tasking - contrary to the prior bullet, I've also figured out how to juggle multiple things at once and not drop a single ball (most of the time).
- Diversity - imagine that... each kid is different. They are motivated by different things. They process things differently. They react differently to the world around them. And I have to be sensitive to those differences.
- Fun - if you're not having fun, you're not doing it right. Hearing my kids rip off one-liners in a way that would have a professional comedian in tears is fun. My best laughs of the past 10 years have been caused by my offspring.
I'd like to think that my kids have taught this old dog a trick or two in the past 10 years. They've made wonderful professors for this ever-eager student. But we haven't even hit the teenage years yet (about to enroll in "Advanced Parenthood"). The next ten should be even more interesting.