Dad Does Have Some Good Lines

My favorite movie of all time is the Christmas-themed classic “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Maybe it’s the simple times and the simple story of how we should measure our net worth not in dollars and cents but in how many people we touch in life. Either way, it’s a great movie and great message.

And there is another message in the movie that I relate to. In one scene, a young George Bailey is fretting over what to do about some “poison” put in pills by the druggist Mr. Gower. Young George ganders up to a sign posted in the drug store that read “Ask Dad, He Knows.” And off young George goes to ask his pop.

But when he gets there, his dad, Peter Bailey, is deep in discussion with the hated miser Mr. Potter.

“Not now son. I’ll talk to you later.”

Yup, that’s my life. If my kids are puzzled by life’s real questions, they come to me for answers. And I try my best to answer them, even if I do shoo them away when I’m busy.

Today’s dads would probably have a similar response that Peter Bailey did if our kids barged into our workplace to ask questions. But the truth is that kids have lots of questions these days and we dads (and moms)  need to have good answers, especially in a world of Google and search engines where kids can get lost in a cyberspace jungle as they seek answers of their own.

But who do we want giving them the answers, something called Wikipedia or someone called Dad or Mom?

Hence the topic of this blog will be dad-centered parenting and how dads need to make more time for their kids.

As someone who has been out of work since October of 2008, I have spent a good amount of time with my kids. Some of has been frustrating, some of it infuriating, but for the most part, it’s been something that I would have never thought of in a million years — a blessing.

I’ll be posting on a regular basis and using myself and other dads to help navigate the world of fatherhood. You can also read my column by the same name at OC Family magazine.

I look forward to your comments and feedback.

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