Renaissance Dad: What Moms Wish Dads Knew

Renaissance Dad: What Moms Wish Dads Knew

I recently had the opportunity to join in a conversation with a couple of moms I know. Eventually, the topic turned to funny things their husbands had done while taking care of the kids. I was embarrassed to admit that, as a work-at-home dad, I had pulled a few of these “no-brainers” myself.

As the list grew longer, and my face grew redder, I finally had to interrupt and ask them the following question:

“OK, then . . . what one thing do you wish your kids’ dad knew, that would make your life easier?”

Several cups of coffee later, I folded up my notebook and dashed home to compose an email asking the same question. This I sent to two dozen moms I know of various ages and walks of life and asked them to consider forwarding it to anyone else that they thought might have an opinion. I was amazed at the results.

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Perry P. Perkins is a third-generation chef, award-winning writer, and culinary instructor. He lives with his family in Longview, and operates the MY KITCHEN Outreach Program, for at-risk and under-served youth. His writing has appeared in numerous publications, including sixteen “Chicken Soup for the Soul” anthologies. He is also a reoccurring guest-chef on AM Northwest. More of Perry’s work can be found on Amazon at, and his cooking blog at

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