Parental Advice

Son, I am going to give you some advice.  I know that you will not completely understand what I am talking about until you are 40.  Some advice that your grandparents have given me, I still haven’t learned. This piece of advice though I don’t want you to wait 5 years upon entering the real world to realize, like I did.

Find a job where you get holidays off.

There are a lot of jobs where sometimes you have no choice in the matter.  As a news photographer, I did not have that choice. I worked holidays whether I wanted to or not. Some years I worked on Christmas and the others I worked on Thanksgiving.  It was difficult to plan any family visits, even more difficult seeing family members create traditions disregarding the schedule that was forced upon me and my family.

However, when I entered the work force after graduating college, that life style was something I enjoyed.  I loved the life of being on-call, working awful hours, and holidays. Then, I met your mother, eventually you were born and my whole perception on my job, and career path changed.  I wanted to be able to spend more time with you and your mother.  I wanted to start those family holiday traditions that every family has.

Luckily, this year, just after your second birthday, we are able to start those traditions.  I now have a job that allows me to spend more time with you and your mother.  My job allows me to spend the holidays with our family.

Thanksgiving is soon upon us.  One thing that I will be excited to share with you is what this holiday is about.  It is all about spending time with family and giving thanks.  Whether that is around a dinner table, on a Skype session with your loved one serving overseas, or in a line for Black Friday sales at Wal-Mart.


About The Rookie Dad

I am husband and father foremost. Secondly, I am a PBS producer and contribute to Traveling Dads and Dads Round Table.

Posted on November 16, 2012, in Fatherhood and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. I’ve almost always had jobs where I was able to request my birthday off as a “floating” holiday or whatever. As I got older and had more kids, being able to take time off was essential. For the last 10+ years I’ve been able to set my own hours. I make no money (literally) but I”m with my kids all the time. More valuable than anything.

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