Just wanted to say hi and introduce myself. I joined this group right when I first joined AoM but I never was able to really get into the forum. I'm 25 years old married with 2 boys, 18 months and 2 months. I hope that I can gain some wisdom from the older family men in the group.
What's up, Neil. Looks like you got yourself a full house there. I bet the little ones are keeping you busy, and you're probably wondering when will be the next time you will be able to catch a much-needed nap... I'll let you know if I ever get one...
I'm a 37yo married man from NJ w/ two little ones. My daughter is 4yo and my son is 19mo.
Looking forward to getting to know you better.
I am 42 with one adopted on (13) and several exchange sons I've hosted over the years including this year, a 16 year old from Switzerland. Glad to talk with you anytime about anything on your mind.
Hey Neil. Read to your kids. Best advice to give to a young father. And it is never to early to start. Besides, it gives good elocution practice for work/hobbies/interacting with others.
This is one of the best sites on the Internet for talking with other men.
It seems that there is a trend toward men having children later in life. We are certainly more mature, and that helps in how we handle the balance of family, work, and hobbies.
Glad to have you. Ask anything. There is always someone to answer the request for info and advice.
I'm 48 (til next week), have 3 kids - 18 y.o. boy, 15 y.o. girl and 12 y.o. girl - so it's pretty challenging at times dealing with basically 3 teenagers. I really had to learn how to transition my parenting from one of control to one of coaching. It feels like losing control, which isn't comfortable to me, but it's natural and necessary.
29 for another two weeks, two boys, 4 and 16 months. Roughhouse and read. Get your kids involved with chores as early as possible. My 4-year old cleans his room, his toy room, gets diapers and supplies for the baby, including treats if we need him to, feeds the dog and the cat, helps Mom cook Sunday breakfast(family tradition is Omelettes on Sundays, he calls them "cheese eggies"), and is always looking to help out now wherever he can. He can't do much, but it quickly becomes a huge help.
Hi Neil -
Two grown kids here, and my wife and I adjusting to having adult children.
I would concur that reading is great!! I read to my wife before children (to help her fall asleep at night) and then to our kids. I might still read to my wife or everyone on request. We were just at a tree-trimming party and the host read to those assembled (we all loved it!).
My son and I enjoy the Redwall series by Brian Jacques (though he's apparently a bit of a foodie and he descriptions of the little animals feasting on 'meadowfoam cream' and such always had the potential of sending us to the fridge for a late night snack!!).