Learning to be a dad

No one teaches us how to be a dad. There’s no guidebook or class for it. We stumble through, learning as we go, making mistakes like our parents and others did. Time slips away so quickly that even when we learn a lesson, the chance to use it is gone; our kids have grown up.

We’re left with a heavy heart full of regrets and longings, but our children have moved on, building their own lives and repeating what we taught them. They focus on their careers and futures, not looking back at us even though we yearn to spend time with them.

We talk about money, careers, promotions – but never about how to be a dad. How are you learning to be a dad?