I’m developing my share of insecurities as a father.
Sometimes I think I’ll never be as good as my Dad Leon. Or my father-in-law Clarence B. Or Tom W. or Loren L. — two of my friends’ dads. All of my friends have really great fathers, for that matter.
- When I spend too much time reading the paper or watching TV — when I should be playing with Maisa — I feel like I’m lacking in the “Dad skills” department.
- When she gets sick or if she falls and gets hurt, I feel like I’ve failed as a father.
- When I work long hours at the office, I feel like Maisa is getting a raw deal out of it.
I’m starting to be pretty hard on myself. I feel that Maisa deserves to have the best Dad in the world, and I’m not quite there yet — not even close, frankly.
I guess all I can do is try to emulate guys like Leon K. and Clarence B. and Tom W. and Loren L.
Do any of you have similar feelings about your skills as a father/mother?