If you are anything like the team here at Clarity (or the rest of the planet), you have been unashamedly binge-watching Stranger Things. What’s not to love? Dungeons and dragons- obsessed pre-teens, awkward and endearing middle school romance, fighting monsters, and all things awesome from the 80s.
But believe it or not, there is something even stranger than adopting a pet demagorgon. Weirder than an upside down world with floating particles (what are those anyway?). More mysterious than an telekinetic, eggo-eating, 12 year old girl who saves the day because she loves her friends…
Being a dad.
If you think becoming a dad instantly makes you a sweater-vest wearing, dad-joke telling, stick in the mud, you’ve got it all wrong my friend. Because seven of the truly strangest things happen when your kiddo is born:
1. You laugh constantly.
Having a kid (or kids) around ALL THE TIME can be an adjustment, but you soon find that your kiddo is the funniest thing you have ever seen. Bad days instantly dissolve around your little goofball, serious occasions often become you trying in vain to stifle your icantbreathe laughter…it’s almost supernatural.
2. It’s suddenly cool to be weird.
People will definitely start giving you strange looks…until they see your kid with you, then all of the sudden it’s not weird at all-you’re just being an awesome dad. One of the coolest parts of being a Dad is that you have an “excuse” to totally act like a kid again (even in public). Laughing too loud in restaurants, dressing us as a superhero, using a Darth Vader voice while walking through the grocery store- it’ is a ton of fun to be fun with your kids. Oh and you get to play on the playground again.
3. You get “The Nod” from other dads.
Sporting a polka dot diaper bag, crusty-something on your pant leg, chilling at a playground holding a magic wand & ironman mask… strangely, there is no judgement, just an unspoken moment of respect man to man when one dad see another in action and it is followed by “The Nod”.
4. You develop a super power.
Also known as the “Dad reflex”. It doesn’t matter if you are the most unathletic person on the planet, the second you become a father you will metamorphose into someone much more agile and strong than ever before. Often the first stories told among dads are the moments we saved our kids for grave mortal danger! The older the dad, the better the stories. It’s truly a badge of honor.
5. Your kid thinks you’re a genuis.
While it’s true you don’t have all the answers, before you know it, you’ll be explaining the whole word to your child. And honestly, you don’t have to have the answers…just STOP, get down on one knee, look them in the eye, and listen. With a little practice, you will come up with some pretty good answers. Oh, and like any good dad…we can make up some pretty fun stuff up (except demagorgons, those are totally real).
6. You are greeted like a rockstar when you come home.
One of my favorite things about coming home is my kids running up to hug me. Although it may disrupt the house a little bit (okay…alot), I love the electricity and excitement as I come in the door. Put your stuff down and do your best to quickly dive into whatever pretend world they are in that day. Pro tip: Make sure to take a moment before you walk in and clear your head of work/life stress so that when the door opens and your rockstar greeting comes, your kids get your best.
7. You become a major softy.
That moment the nurse handed me my first born, I was like the grinch when his heart grew 3 sizes. No matter how tough or emotionless you were before children, the moment you become a dad you will become this strange emotional teddy bear that you can barely recognize. And you’ll love it.
But you know what the strangest thing is? There is no way you can even imagine how much you could love one little person. Having a kid changes you- even more than the upside-down changed Will…even more than Darts’ transformation 😂. I would do ANYTHING for that sticky little mess. Don’t get me wrong, it is one of the hardest (and strangest) jobs ever, yet….I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.
From one dad to another, if you’re out there playing my little pony, watching Ninja turtles for the 80th time, or sacrificing your body as a human jungle gym, then **dad nod**, out of a ten, you’re an eleven. ⬇
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