MOST men relish the opportunity to pass on their hard-gathered wisdom onto their children.
Having a baby is supposed to move you up the evolutionary ladder.
You’re no longer the receiver of lessons, it’s now your turn to pass on some of what you’ve learned.
But here’s the thing, that’s not how it works.
Sure, you’ll inevitably pass on some of the stuff yo know.
But no sooner will your baby be born than you’ll realise we fathers learn from our babies.
Not only are some of the lessons surprising – but the fact that we’re learning from someone so young is a shock.
So in no particular order, here are the top five things a father learns from their baby.
1 NEVER GIVE UP
LIFE’S tough. You’ll fall down. But you need to keep getting up.
You can learn that lesson from Rocky, or just by watching your little guy or girl trying to stand.
They don’t give up. They fall. It doesn’t stop them. They keep going and they conquer it.
Winston Churchill has nothing on a little tacker.
If you can’t be inspired by watching a baby, day after day keep failing but keep on trying, then you’re a hard-hearted man.
It’s your job as a Champion Dad to remind of when they wouldn’t dream of quitting.
It’s a lesson for you too.
2. GREET PEOPLE WITH A SMILE JUST FOR THEM
When baby smiles at an adult he wins them immediately and completely.
We can still do that. It works no matter what your age. We just forget we can.
Smile at people. It’s simple. It works. Ask your baby.
3. MUM IS STRONG
Okay, we don’t learn this one from the baby directly.
But did you ever know she had all of this patience, grace, and well toughness? We’ve all heard older dads telling kids “be good to your mother”. Or “your mother’s an angel”.
Now we know why.
4. HAVE JOY
It’s so important to us that baby is happy.
When baby is happy it spreads to everyone.
It’s important to baby and everyone else that you’re happy too. Seriously.
It’s one of the gifts you give to your household.
Being a Champion Dad means embracing life, enjoying the day and not moping or stressing. It’s your obligation to yourself and to your family to be happy.
This is a Champion Dads central rule you must obey!
5. THE MEASURE OF A MAN IS TAKEN BY HOW FAR HE GOES TO HELP OTHERS
When we’re younger we believe we’re judged by how we deal with our enemies and opponents. We’re led to believe this is how people will respect us.
It’s just not true.
How you care for all of the people around you is the measure of you as a man.
If you can strive to be a Champion Dad, you’ll win more admiration than if you crushed a thousand opponents.
But you won’t know this until you become a dad and you learn it from looking after a baby.