Thoughts from a Father

Posted on November 26, 2012

God has blessed my wife and I with three very special daughters.  Nothing warms my heart more than spending as much time as I can with them, knowing that these precious moments of time will not last long.  Before I know it, they will be all grown up and leave our family nest.

Out of all roles that I have and all the responsibilities that come with them, fatherhood is the one I am most proud of and the one that I think defines me above all else.  I am extremely grateful to be in professions that not only afford me the flexible work schedule to have time for kids, but also professions that strongly encourage family unity. 

When I am not at work, you will most likely find me at home, with my family.  I look forward to coming home in the afternoon and helping my children with their homework.  With three daughters, there is usually a lot of running around to do in the evening and on the weekends.  Between sports, Girl Scouts, church and school activities, and my oldest daughter’s work schedule, our vehicles should be registered as taxi cabs.

On those “slow” evenings where we do get a chance to be at home, we decide who is going to help make dinner, and since the helper usually does not have to do the dishes, there never seems to be a shortage of dinner helpers.  After dinner, it is usually back to more homework with the kids; studying for tests, reading, on-line math programs, etc.  On those “lucky” nights where homework is done fairly quickly and we have more family time available, we will go outside and play or cuddle and watch a movie together, or play Wii games before bed.    

I am sure our family is similar to most of yours.  The feeling of “not enough hours in the day”, seems to be a constant theme.  The never ending work life balance that makes each day end with an exhausting “puff”, as my head hits the pillow for the night, before getting up and doing it all over again.  If those elusive “money trees” were to ever start growing in our yard, I would love to quit my careers and instead take on my ultimate dream job….become a full time stay at home dad!  However, as long as the mortgage and other bills need to be paid, and mouths need to be fed, I will continue with my current career path.  As with most parents, time management has become a necessity.           

 

Written by James Vastag MA. LMFTA

James is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate with Groff & Associates Professional counseling.  His passion is to help couples and families navigate life’s rough waters by helping them learn how to meet their emotional, physical, and spiritual needs in a positive and healthy manner.  James may be contacted at: 317-474-6448 ext. 107,  james@groffandassociates.com, or www.jamesvastag.com.      

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