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3 Types of Dads at a Birthday Party

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I should have taken a picture to illustrate this post today at a birthday party for my son's friend. There's basically 3 types of dads out there I think:
1) I'm sitting around just watching my kid dad - this dad is at the party, and kicking back. Enjoying the time not having to ask the kid to get out of the way of the big screen, enjoying time out of the office and not at work. They might have been forced to be there because their wife had other plans, but they should get at least partial credit for showing up.

2) I've jumped right in and am playing dad - this dad is going down the slides. This is the dad who is as sweaty as the kids, or more so because they're a bit out of shape. This is the fun dad who knows the other school kids' names.

3) "I'm-here-but-I'm-working" dad - this is the dad who looks up 2 times an hour to make sure their kid didn't kill themselves. They are glued to their Blackberry and breath occasionally in between emails. They were thrilled "Jump Town" added Wi-Fi last month.
I so desperately want to be dad #2.


posted by Joshua Griffin @ 9:06 PM |

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At 12/09/2007, Blogger JennRoogles said...

Wow what a great observation. I so desperatly wish my husband were dad 2 but he is a combo of 1 and 2. I wish you all the best in striving to be dad 2.

At 12/09/2007, Blogger Heather McTaggart said...

Hands down...I married #2! My kids are SO lucky! Every dad should read this!

At 12/09/2007, Blogger Courtney said...


At 12/16/2007, Blogger Randy said...

So do you fall under the # 3 category right now?


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