Dad Habits

I love my son. Without a doubt, he is one of the few best things that ever happened to me. The smiles he brings into our home and the giggles and laughter (and even sometimes the fits he throws) all ultimately bring loads of joy into our home.

20 mos. old and practically a toddler, he’s running around the house and repeating words and short phrases. By the time he’s in bed and we’ve wrapped up dinner, its usually only a few hours until we need to hit the hay ourselves.

One of the things I’ve really struggled with as a new(ish?) dad is figuring out how to build good personal habits while in this stage of life. Caroline and I have a plethora of home projects to take care of, chores to do, and need time to catch up after work and/or taking care of our son. It can be hard to make time for ourselves (individually) in the midst of the rest of the obligations.

Maybe some kind of consistency in daily habits is a pipe-dream; maybe this is life for the next 18+ years… I just hesitate to give into that notion too hastily.

One of the things I’ve been trying to do to help make time for those healthy habits I’d like to build into my daily routine is to track them in my EDC notebook. What I find is that having that extra ‘box to check’ in a habit tracker section is enough to at least make me aware of whether or not I’m making progress towards the habits I’d like to see take root in my life, and at best actually take the initiative to do them every day. This has worked for a few different habits, like like flossing every day, or doing things that are more time consuming, like journaling, reading, or chipping away at home projects.

If you’re a parent in this phase of life, what do you do to build habits successfully? Have you found a method that works and is repeatable for new habits? Have you figured out a cadence in your regular daily schedule?

Do I have to become a morning person again? 0_o

Open to any and all suggestions here. In the meantime, I’m going to go fill in today’s “Journaling / Writing” circle in that habit tracker of mine.


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