We know our families come in all shapes and sizes. This week, get to know two of our favourite dads: Chad & Matt as they tell us about how they plan to celebrate father's day and fatherhood this year.
Let's dive in!
Q: How do you plan to celebrate Father's Day this year?
A: We are getting together with another family of gay dads. Our kids love hanging out with each other as much as us parents do, so it's a win-win! We'll then be having dinner with our parents to celebrate Chad's dad on Father's Day as well.
Q: What's the best part about being a Dad? Most surprising?
A: The best part about being a Dad is seeing our little dude grow and develop into his personality. It shifts and changes all the time and it's so cool to see who he's becoming.
Q: What are some of the greatest joys of being a family with two dads?
A: Some of the greatest joys we experience come from being free from traditional gendered roles in a family and household. Who fixes things, who cooks for the family, who cleans our home, who teaches our son to dance, who reads stories at night, who is responsible for feeding him, who plays basketball in the backyard ... none of that is preset by societal norms. This gives Chad and I an opportunity to communicate with each on what we like doing and how we can best support each other.
Q: In these busy times, how do you find time to slow down and be really present with Sasha and with each other? How does tradle.ca help you create more time to spend as a family?
A: With Sasha now in daycare, our mornings and evenings really are precious time together as a family. In the morning, Sasha loves to have an opinion on what he wears that day, and tradle has made it easy for us to not have to worry about going out to go shopping for things he'd like to wear. It helps makes our mornings easier and more fun.
Q: What advice do you have for first-time Dads? First-time gay dads?
A: Find a way to enjoy the little moments. Bath times, night time feedings, messy dinners, sitting and reading a book in the wee hours of the morning. Soon those little moments will be gone and, the real kicker is, you never know when the last time of those little moments will be. Appreciate them all.