Axiom #2

The Dad Network axioms are ‘dad-hood’ proverbs. They pinpoint key principles of dad-hood and refine them down to unforgettable soundbites of wisdom that can be called upon instantly to inform a critical decision. And, as we all know, being a dad is full of critical decisions! 

The value of trying something new

As a dad, I like to think I’m a dab hand at DIY. Just for the record, I’m not, but I don’t like to admit it as my ego takes a knock. Anyway, we needed a baby gym, play mat thing but hadn’t purchased one prior to the boy arriving. Rather than nip down to Mothercare and get one, I thought I would fashion one out of a cardboard box and hang some of the toys we have already from it. In the words of most children today, it was an epic fail! 

This did not deter me however and in my usual, I know best attitude, I tried something new. this time I started to use some wood. I created something in the shed that resembled what I was after but despite my best efforts I couldn’t ignore the splinters and rusty nails and so that too was an epic fail. At some point I was going to have to give in to the fact that I will have to buy one… but not yet… 

So, I tried something new. I’m sure by now you get my point… 

Previously, we discussed the fact that there are simply no rules on how to get your baby feeding and sleeping well. So, rather than sweat, swear and procrastinate over your current methods, try something new! If waking him at 10:30pm for a late feed isn’t helping him get through the night, then don’t wake him? Try something new and don’t be afraid of it – you’ll never find what works for you unless you try everything!


1 Comment

  1. terri 14 September, 2014 / 6:44 pm

    I like your “if at once you don’t succeed, try, try again” attitude! Got to have it…especially with kids!

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