Thursday, November 10, 2005

Any words of wisdom?

I thought it'd be interesting to solicit the advice of those who come to visit my blog, particularly if you have any experience being a parent. So, toward this end, I would appreciate it if you'd leave in the comments area to this post what you consider to be the most significant or meaningful piece of advice you were given as you became a father or a mother. In about a week or so I will announce which ones I think will prove to the be most helpful and which will be the least. In the bigger picture, I hope your comments will help me be a better papa.


Blogger David Baird said...

My son was about 4 or 5 on Palm Suday when I was one of the readers for the Passion Story / Gospel and he left his spot in the pews to join me at the front of the church. The Deacon of the Parish leaned over to me after I had warned him to Be Quiet! and wispered to me: "Don't worry about it. You think the 'disruption' he is causing is worse than what everyone else thinks it is." My lesson for the day was: Kids will be kids; most people enjoy the presence of kids and don't worry about the noise and "disruptions" because they already have been there.

7:38 PM  
Anonymous Bart Woodhouse said...

Just to say congatulations!!! Glad to hear mum and daughter are ok!

Some words of wisdom... buy some "Calpol"! You won't be needing it quite yet but will prove very handy in a couple of months!

Secondly, as a new father up your coffee intake by about 200% if you are considering a re-entry into student life.

And thirdly, make the most of each moment, as Rachel and I discovered they don't stay babies for very long!

God bless your new family!

11:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great news! Great to see your faces again! Congratulations!!!
Even the sleepless nights are worth it. As you have already found out, your new baby girl is the greatest gift God can give you. Words of wisdom: Don't panic. Trust your parents and grandparents...after all they helped you make it. She'll be driving before you know it, savor every moment you can.- michael willwerth

2:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Little Rafael,
Wow !! It is so hard to believe that all of you kids are mamas and papas. The first time I met you when you were just a little boy, we knew that you were are very special person. What a beautiful family you have. Mandy and Molly were so thrilled to be able to see those wonderful pictures that you sent. My words of wisdom: Being the mother of 2 girls myself - be prepared for any emotion at any given time. It doesn't even really need to be relevant to any situation. Rusty has been known to say in the middle of an emotional moment "Did I miss something here? But little girls sure love their daddy and suddenly their mommy will become their best friend, It just keeps getting better. Treasure every moment and may God bless you and your wonderful family. Can't wait to see you all when you come home.
Love always, Rusty, Shelley, Mandy, Molly and Jared (And Tim, Shawn, Avery, Aidan and Olivia)

2:00 PM  

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