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The Father I Want To Be, But Am Afraid I Am Not


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I’m afraid of not measuring up to the ideal I have in my head of who I want to be. Even though I see my son without distraction more often than many parents do, I’m still afraid of not spending enough time with him. Meaningful time with my son when he is little and still in my house is something I’ll never get a chance to have again once he grows up.

I want to be the one my family can always count on. I want to be the one who is calm and cool when I need to be. I want to be the perfect dad for my kid, but I’m afraid I am not. Nor will I ever be. I’m a great dad, I just think I could be better.



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