The Not-So-Easy Guide to Being a Dad

Happy Friday everyone! It’s time once again to do some dad stalking… I’m pleased to introduce you to John, better known as The Daddy Yo! Dude. One thing I love most about John’s own blog is his craft tutorials. Really… he writes dad craft tutorials on occasion. Check him out on Twitter @TheDaddyYoDude and on his blog The Daddy Yo Blog.

It is such an honor to be here on Everyday Childhood today for the very first time! When getting prepared to write a post for today I have to admit I was a little nervous. Asking myself what I should write about, how long should it be, should I pull out the stylebook for proper grammar and structure? I found myself sweating, breathing heavy… no,okay, I wasn’t THAT nervous, but still wanted to write a great, first post.

While thinking about how nervous I was about writing this, I started thinking of other times I have been really nervous, such as my first piano recital, first school play, and my wedding day. I have sure had a lot of times in my life besides those that I have been nervous. None more so than the days my children were born. Born at 2 years and 6 days apart, I have since found out that I am ready for nothing, but great at multi-tasking. After a little more thought on those two days, this post was born. Introducing you to The DaddyYo Dude’s “Not So Easy Guide to Being a Dad”.

Number One: “No Man Gets Left Behind” and this meaning no Superman, Spiderman, tool man, Handy MANny, or any other toy that a child will decide they want at the last minute. Road trips can be extremely difficult when you have younger children. My kiddos are 4 and 2 so there is much to consider when on the road. Extra wipes, diapers, toys, snacks, drinks, and emergency throw up kit. Perhaps one of the most important rules to traveling with toddlers is to learn that nothing gets left behind. Surely if you let that one toy be the one that is left, it becomes the one toy that could have saved your sanity. Take heed, be a soldier, and make sure they all make it!

Number Two: “Explosive diarrhea is still gross. Some things never change” Dads of all ages like to tell you that events like throwing up, explosive diarrhea and the like become easier to stomach once you have children. I have found that this is not a true statement by any means. I have lived through some horrendous diaper changes, carsickness spells, and every other bodily function accident a child can have. The fact that it was my children did not change the fact that it was messy, smelly, and sometimes a disgusting sight to behold. Hey, nobody ever said this was a glamorous job!

Number Three: “Sleep? Free time? Hot romantic nights? What are these things you speak of?” There are a lot of sacrifices you make when becoming a dad. There are finances to take into consideration, bad habits to be rid of, and of course securing everything you think you could possibly need in a nursery. There is also the loss of sleep, loss of free time, and loss of hot romantic nights. Raise your hand if you have ever had an intimate moment ruined by the pitter patter of little feet entering your room unexpectedly? That’s what I thought. There are more sacrifices than we think we make. The good side is that a lot of them are not even noticed. Being a dad is such a great thing in itself that a lot of other parts of our lives become insignificant and forgotten. That is what “the ride” is all about.

Remember these three things as you continue or start your journey through dadhood. It is not always a pride and joy, so cute so handsome, type of ride. Our experiences of being “daddy” will take us to far and near, good and bad, up and down, and all at the same time. Nervous? Sure I am. Will that ever fade? Probably not. Is that okay? Absolutely! I am dad. That’s how it rolls!


  1. Steve says:

    Great post as usual John, even if I have to chase you across the interwebs to read it

  2. No telling where you may find me these days! Thanks for stopping by and thanks to Kelly for inviting me to hang!

  3. Cassandra says:

    Word, Yo Dude. Word.