On My Soapbox: Fathering princesses

This year is my eighth year celebrating Father’s Day as a Father. So far, my wife and my children have been good to me on Father’s Day. The gifts – which are usually a drawing or some kind of school art – are always great. I have a few hanging up in my office.

Over the last eight years I have learn a lot – A LOT.

The first thing I learned was sleep is not something I will ever have a full handle on again. Once the girls fall asleep, I can try to get some sleep, but I’m usually up several times a night peeping in their rooms to make sure they are okay.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to put the blanket back on Jasmine or find and put Tiana’s socks back on.

I also learned that girls are very different from boys. You can’t talk to them the same way. You can’t look at them the same way. You can discipline them, but it’s different.

One thing I learned and take a lot of pride in is protecting my girls but making sure I am doing the best I can to teach them in every aspect.

I have done some out of the box disciplining of my children, which worked because they learned from each situation. It wasn’t just a tactic to get them to straighten up for a moment, but to actually think about how their behavior effects everyone around them.

I would never do anything to put them in danger, but a scare tactic here or there is sometimes warranted.

As a father of girls, I am usually ready to go above and beyond for them. I have done everything from dressing up as a knight to church hats and tea parties to getting my toes painted to playing with dolls and moving them into their dream house to watching She-Ra.

I do it all with a smile, regardless of how tired I may be at the time.

It’s all a part of fathering princesses. My job is to slay dragons (and/or boys), entertain and make sure the castle is still standing.

My brother has three girls and he is doing the same thing. My sister is in her 30s and my dad is still slaying dragons, entertaining and keeping the castle up.

That’s what dads do, especially when they are fathering princesses.

I’m going to get off my soapbox now and go enjoy a day with my children. I want to wish all father’s a Happy Father’s Day. Hopefully your wives or children bought you some of the $11 shorts to celebrate. Especially after you spent over $1,000 on Mother’s Day.

“They say the coolest playas and foulest heart breakers in the world. God gets us back, he makes us have precious little girls.”

- Nas

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