So…In less than a week I leave – and I leave for awhile…away from my family – leaving the two man-cubs behind. So my approach to fatherhood will have to be different and very creative. It’s been a couple of years since I was on deployment and they were a lot younger. They are definitely more cognizant of what’s going on, and major shifts in home life can have a greater affect on them now. My first attempt to thwart any negativity was to instill some sense of pride in what daddy does – I’m proud to report that it went well, I only hope that it lasts and that they continue to be proud of not only my service – but their mother’s as well.
With technology these days – we should be able to have some sense of closeness, even with being states apart. My main concern is the disciplinary aspect of bringing up two kings. I mean…don’t get me wrong they’re great kids – but they are energetic and mischievous lil’ rock head boys. I’m sure some stern looks via Skype will assist in laying the virtual hammer.
Frequent trips home, and visits for them and mom up to where I’ll be will be a must – the aim is to kill any resentment by having healthy discussions with them – and allowing them to feel, and address the emotion.
Pray for your boy – still aiming to be the dad of the century!