I’ve so, so enjoyed becoming a father. As I mentioned before, I didn’t expect to have a little girl, but wow, what a treasure Milly is. As those of you with kids can attest, it’s been one of the most trying and challenging seasons this last year, but by far the most fulfilling and exciting. And we’re barely getting started!

Milly’s birthday lands about halfway between Mothers Day and Fathers Day, so we’ve been reminiscing and celebrating this first year with her all the way through the last six weeks. This was my second Fathers day, but it seems they just get better!

While it seems right now that Milly’s favorite things are the simplest things (going outside and peek-a-boo are her favorite), it has been helpful to have a few other resources and tools to help along the way!

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Books
Boundaries for Kids – This parenting philosophy could be groundbreaking for many people. Healthy, mature people are identified by the presence of healthy and mature boundaries, and this book by Drs. Cloud and Townsend teaches parents how to help their kids grow healthy boundaries.
Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters – This great book by Dr. Meg Meeker is sure to be a reference guide as Milly grows up. I want Milly to grow up to be a strong woman, and this book showed me the part the I can play in that process of her growth. I thoroughly enjoyed it through the first read, but only so much of it can be implemented when your daughter is six months old.
Rules for My Newborn Daughter – I’ll quote the author, Walker Lamond, on this one: I am no parenting expert. I’m just a dad. And I think a dad has a right and a duty to tell his daughter what he expects of her. To share with her what he knows about life and how to make the best of it. And while I might not know even a fraction of what it takes to become an independent, intelligent, courteous, courageous, honest, adventurous, self-reliant, well-read, well-dressed, well-mannered young woman, I do know someone who does. Thankfully, I married her.

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Gear
Deuter Baby Carrier – We borrowed this from a friend when we went to the beach over Father’s Day weekend, and this thing was great! Hiking up over the dunes, I was able to carry Milly and a bunch of our stuff while staying very comfortable. Milly seemed to enjoy it as well. Since we enjoy hiking and we could use this for a few years with Milly, I think we’ll look into getting one ourselves.
BOB Revolution SE Running Stroller – This stroller has been so outstanding, all the way through half marathon training. While I wouldn’t say it’s “easy” to push a stroller for nine miles, it’s doable because of the good construction and smooth ride that the BOB has.
Puddle Jumper Life Jacket – I’ve watched five kids grow up around the pool (nieces and nephews) using these life jackets, and they’re just great. While Milly isn’t quite big enough yet to use one, I know with how much she loves the pool that this will be a great thing to have on hand.
Extra Cargo Space – Loading and packing the vehicle before we get on the road falls squarely under my purview. Over the last couple years we purchased a car-top carrier and a hitch cargo carrier like these that have come in very handy when loading the car with an extra tiny person and all her belongings. They’re most handy when we’re taking Winston with us, and I’m sure they’ll be a big help when we head to the mountains to camp for the first time as a family this fall.

I also have to give a shout out to Papa & Co., founded by our friend Brett, a fellow new dad. It’s a great blog full of resources just for Dads!

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Well, those are some of my favorite Dad resources. I’m curious, though, which ones do I need to know about? Let us know!

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