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Day: April 17, 2018

What I Was Never Told About Being a Father of 2 Daughters
What I Was Never Told About Being a Father of 2 Daughters

Within seconds of Emily announcing her first positive pregnancy test back in 2008 my mind turned to which brand of cricket bat I should invest in, and whether my growing boy would prefer to play for the Wallabies or Kangaroos. You can probably imagine my surprise when daughter Amber arrived just eight short months later. Subsequently, everything in my household began to turn a lighter shade of pink, and I became immersed in tea parties and dress ups (although I quite enjoy the odd tea party from time to time).

father of two daughters

The ensuingcouple of years after Amberwas born were extremely tough as my wife and I navigated ongoing toddler sleeping issues andsuffered severe sleep deprivation. But despite a rough ride early on,we’re now parents to two gorgeous young girls that continually furnish our lives with fun and laughter.

Having daughters is one of the greatest joys I could imagine, although it’s fair to say that as the only male in a family of four, I certainly haven’t got them all figured out. I thought I would fill you in on a few things I’ve learnt about being the father to two beautiful girls.

two daughters

There should be a degree in tying ponytails
My girls will (hopefully) tell you that dad can fashion a killer ponytail nowadays, and even a plait or two on occasion. Though, somebody neglected to inform me at the outset how difficult this task could be! Admittedly, Emily does the lion’s share of hair management, but on the odd time she was pre-disposed I was left floundering with brush and bobble in hand. It took some time, and tears (not mine), but I am happy to say I’ve now nailed it!

Painted nails take an age to remove
Young girls seem to love to paint toenails and fingernails.Mine are no different. Oneoccasion Irelented, allowing them to unleash their artistry on my fingers. That was before I realized how long it took to remove nail polish (in absence of polish remover!) which provided great source of ammunition for my male friends.

daughterGirls are easier
I never thought I’d admit this, but I am convinced girls are easier to manage than boys. Clearly,my only basis for comparisonis friends with boys, and the familiar cry ‘wait until she is ateenager’ is already ringing in my ears’. But aside from the sleep issues we encountered in the early years (which I don’t believe is gender specific),our girls have beenpretty easy going. You always know what colour clothes they want to wear (it’s pink), and you don’t need to worry about pointing the pipework down while unfastening a nappy for fear of a ‘hose down’.

daughter

Nobody told me how quickly they would pay attention to boys
Perhaps naively, I thought it was boys who would be the romantic aggressors and that my girls would have limited interest in the opposite sex for several years. I couldn’t have been more wrong. It really is true that girls begin planning their weddings even when they are toddlers! At the outset, the ‘boy’ of choice was me…“I’m going to marry Daddy”. Cute. I was soon crushed when the little boy from day care with the attractive curls replaced me as the boy of her dreams!

The final thing no one told me about my female dominated family is perhaps the most noteworthy. When Emily and I started raising a family way back in 2008 I had no idea that living solely with girls would immediately turn me into a feminist!

 

 

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