As a new dad, you start to feel pressure about how good a father you will be. Will you be able to provide? Will you be able to fulfil all your responsibilities? Will you be able to teach you child all they need to know to survive and thrive in this life. I learned very early on my fatherhood journey from a quote which I would like to say I read from a book, but I probably read it on Facebook or Instagram. The quote simply says "Do what you can, start where you are".
I was recently photographing a mixed martial arts event in my home town and one of the coaches arrived with his son and took him into the cage before the event started. I not only felt uneasy about the little boy being at an event which some deem to be extremely violent but became more shocked seeing them both step into the cage. I've watched daddies daddying before, but this was one of the most precious things I've seen in a while.
What some perceive as a bloody, violent and barbaric sport, this father has seen MMA as a way of teaching his son discipline in a world where rules don't apply, self defence in a world full of bullies and relationship in a world full of absent fathers. The most important lesson from all this however, is that as a father, you don't always have to pay for specialists to teach your child, you can always use what you are passionate about and resources available to you. Teach your child how to fly a drone, to bake, to play music or run. Teach your child what you know because you not only teach them a craft, but you are giving them a life skill and most importantly, you are spending time with them by doing so.
Raise your child, also allow your child to raise you!