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The Essence of Fatherhood: 6 Simple Lessons

A beautiful and thoughtful essay on some of the challenges facing parents in todays digital and distracting first world reality.

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The Essence of Fatherhood: 6 Simple Lessons

By Leo Babauta

The Essence of Fatherhood: 6 Simple Lessons

I’ve been a father for more than 21 years, and have 6 kids altogether, and have loved every messy minute of it.

And now I have a young brother who’s becoming a father this month, and is deeply scared by the prospect of fatherhood. He’s not sure if he’ll do a good job, worried he’ll fail.

I can tell him this: being a father is the scariest thing I’ve known in my life. All of a sudden, I was 19 and in charge of a fragile human life, so precious and dear but so flickering and easily put out. And I was completely unprepared — no class in school taught me what to do, and I had very few life lessons by that time.

It was the most terrifying experience ever. And it’s been the most rewarding thing I’ve ever…

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