It’s the first week of the new year and you’re still feeling the effects of New Year’s Eve, not because you got too drunk or you ate some bad guacamole, but because you stayed up past bed time to watch the ball drop with your little lady but junior didn’t care and woke up at his normal time anyway. Yep, staying up late almost never pays off in the morning. You may have thought you’d feel better a few days later but you’re wrong. Being a dad those first few years is the equivalent to having a drill sergeant enforce your high school curfew.
You will forget and fail 10 out of 10 resolutions you make for the new year, if you naively made them in the first place. I’m not saying resolutions are bad, although some are indeed bad. It’s not wrong to want to lose the spare tire, save more money, get out of debt or learn how to cook Filet Mignon, it’s just impractical to think you can keep it up for the next 52 weeks straight. Why not just try to be a better dad this year?
Instead of trying to read a book each week, which is dreadful and lame because of the word to fold out picture ratio, do one new activity with your kids each week? Instead of killing yourself in the gym 7 days a week attempting to sculpt a 6-pack, cut it back to 3 and use the extra time to share a 6-pack of Yoo-Hoo with your son while you discuss the latest in comics, cartoons, and video games. Thinking of building a Nest Egg? Forget that $%@*, you may die before you see Christmas again. Do you really want to be the guy who died with millions still in his bank or the guy who died poor but had a bunch of awesome stories about the adventures he had spending the money? These are just a few examples that not only make you a better father, but a better man in the process.