8 Dads Share What Frustrates Them the Most About Parenthood

8 Dads Share What Frustrates Them the Most About Parenthood

Fatherhood is not always fun and games, these dads admit.


By Lorraine Allen

For some people, raising a family comes fairly easily, either because they have a secure career, healthy, well-mannered kids, financial security, and lots of help, or some lucky combination of these luxuries. But for most of us, being a mom or dad brings more challenges than we probably ever imagined possible. It’s a lot to deal with every day, it really is. Somehow though, we pull through, because once you’re a parent, there’s no turning back. We embrace and cling to all the great joys and love and energy that kids bring to our lives, and we grin and bear the frustrations bravely. We persevere, even when we stumble.

While moms tend to share their parenting frustrations along the way, dads are often quiet about their feelings. But here, eight fathers reveal what gets to them the most about parenthood.

1. “The lack of sleep is what gets me down. I’ve always had trouble sleeping, but once we had kids who wake us up when we do get to sleep, it’s impossible to function the way I need to some days. It’s the one thing I’ll never miss when the kids are grown up.” -- David R., dad of twins

2. “The fighting. We have three boys, and it’s mayhem. I was an only child for 10 years, then, I had a little sister. There was no fighting in my childhood, ever, so this really bothers me.” -- Aman D., dad of three

3. “Never having time with my wife, I think. We’re like two ships passing in the night now. It’s hard to feel like we’re on the same page when we barely see each other.” -- Oliver O., dad of two

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4. “Being broke all the time, no matter how many promotions I get, or how hard we both work and try to save.” -- Howard V., dad of three

5. “The noise level. My wife and I are quiet people, but with two toddlers and a tween who is on the phone 24/7, we can never seem to hear each other talk or have a conversation anymore.” -- Nick B., dad of three

6. “I would have to say the lack of downtime. We were busy before we had kids, but parenthood makes me feel like we’re revving at 4,000 RPMs, nonstop. It’s just go, go, go. Life’s flying by so fast, I find it hard to enjoy all the fun stuff about having kids, many days.” -- Mike Z., dad of two

7. ”Even on vacation, my wife and I look at each other sometimes and say, ‘We need a vacation from this vacation.’ Life with a kid is so hectic and chaotic. I love being a dad, but it runs me down to the ground.” -- Dan G., dad of one

8. “The financial stress frustrates me most. I honestly feel like I’ll never make enough, no matter how hard I work, and even if I never retire (which I am sure I never will be able to afford) to give my kids everything I would hope to.” -- Bodie H., dad of two

What frustrates your husband most about parenthood?


Lorraine Allen is a writer, and mom and personal chef to one spunky 6-year-old girl with severe food allergies. You can enjoy their delicious recipes and follow their amusing family cooking adventures at Feeding Lina.

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