Fatherhood is a marvelous experience. Many men learn a lot about themselves when they become fathers, and gain a sense of responsibility that they may not have had before. However, children do not come with an instruction manual that tells us how to feed and raise them. It is important to be prepared for this big step in our lives and learn as we go.

Your experience as a father can help other men who have yet to become fathers, or fathers-to-be who fear the responsibility of fatherhood.

Feel free to write your experiences the way you wish. You can use your own ideas, or use the questions below as a guide. In the event you use a question, you should only answer that question. You may also answer several questions in separate entries and allow us to choose the best one for the book. Whatever your preference, only a maximum of 2,000 characters will be published.

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What has becoming a father taught you?
How has being a father changed your life?
What did you think and feel when your first child was born?
What is one thing a father should never stop doing?
What did you think about being a father before becoming a father yourself?
What was your biggest fear about being a father?
Does your wife or partner work or stay home with the baby? Do you think this is good or bad? Why?
If you could, would you stay home with the baby while your wife or partner worked? Why or why not?
Have you had to raise your children on your own? Explain.
What is your relationship with your child compared to that of your wife or partner?
In what ways did you help your wife or partner during her pregnancy?
What has been most difficult for you in caring for and raising your child(ren)?
In what ways has society helped you to be a better father?
Are you a responsible father? Why or why not?
In your opinion, what feeling of satisfaction comes from being a father?
What do you enjoy most about being a father?
Have you ever felt frustrated as a father? Why or why not?
Have you ever felt that you were an accomplished father? Why or why not?
In your opinion, what is the most beautiful thing about being a father?
In your opinion, what has been the saddest thing about being a father?
What is the funniest story you have as a father?
What do you think about your father now that you are a father too?
Why would or wouldn't you have another child?
What are the advantages and disadvantages of being a dad?
What would you say to people who want to have children but cannot?
What would you say to people who do not want to have children?
What would you say to people who abuse or mistreat their children?
Have you ever regretted becoming a father? Why or why not?
What useful tips did your father or grandfather give you about being a father?
Name three things that you want for your children.
What things do you still have to improve in order to be a better father?
What mistakes have you made as a father that you hope you never make again?
What message would you like to give your children?
What is the best advice you could give to your children?
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100 Plus TRUE STORIES: I'm a Dad is a book that will be published under the Cambridge BrickHouse Books (CBH Books) label. This book will form part of the 100 Plus TRUE STORIES series. The objective of this series is to collect and share life experiences so that readers may identify with and/or learn from them.

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