Dad Survival Kits: What they don't tell you.
I was doing some research tonight to help me think of how I can use this site to improve the life of dads everywhere. I used a great tool on Google Ads that allows you to look up key words and phrases. What would that do to help me? Well, when you write blogs you have to write not only what interests you but you have to be able to cater a bit to what people actually want to read about. Sure, my stories about life can be pretty funny but how is that helping you? A good laugh is needed from time to time, but I want this blog to be a place people can go and search articles for relevant topics.
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As I was sifting through e-Books on Amazon on the topic of being a new dad I started reading the reviews. One of the most common things I read was that the book was a gift from their girlfriend or wife and that the information within the book was nothing more than what you could google quickly.
They spent money on information that they could get from google. A few quick key strokes and boom. I did the same thing. As a new dad I was determined to make sure that I had a good grasp of what to do as a dad. I bought a 'Dad Guide'. It was informative. You know what they don't tell you? Let me share.
Those survival books are great for basics. How to change a diaper. How to hold a baby. How to make a bottle, etc. IF you need that information I would save your money and just google it. You could also just ask a parent. We love giving unwanted advice so tap into that experience. I'm kidding of course all parents want to share their experience and help newer parents in whatever way they can. We could probably do it in a less annoying way but most of us really just want to help make your life easier. Anyway, back to what I was saying. Those books don't cover the more detailed parts of being a parent.
Pop Quiz: What do you do, when you are in the Mall and you forgot to bring extra changes of clothes? Your kid has a massive blow out and all you have is one diaper and wipes.
Those scenarios happen! Ask me how I know. In case you are wondering how I handled that. I brought my daughter to the restroom and took off her clothes. The clothes were not salvageable so they went into the trash can. I used wipes to clean her off, threw a diaper on, and wrapped her in a blanket. Problem solved. What did I learn in that instance? Bring two extra diapers, a change of clothes and plenty of wipes even if you are only going to be out for a short time. Also, clothes are optional at the baby age. Lots of poop on clothing means it all gets thrown away.
That's just a funny example on what they don't tell you in those survival books. Other items are more specific to Military dads. I can only speak to this because I am a military dad, but I'm sure that there are similar differences for other occupations like Police and Firefighters. The next few blog posts I'll give more details about what these kits do not do. What topics do you wish you could have asked but were too embarrassed to do so? let me know in the comments.