Joe Boughner: The Naked Dad


My Parenting Instincts Suck

I swear I used to know how to do things

"All I know is that I don't know nothing."
                - Operation Ivy

I'm not a stupid man.

I was an honour student in high school. I've got an honours degree in journalism and history. I've got a good job where I make decisions and I even get asked to speak at conferences and seminars sometimes.

This isn't bragging, people of the internet. This is setting context: I'm not a stupid man.

But toss a kid into the mix? A kid for whom I'm responsible? A kid who I am supposed to mould into a fine, upstanding citizen of tomorrow's world?

I'm useless. I think left when I should go right. I move up when I'm supposed to go down. I zig when I should zag. I bob when I should weave. I just plain get it wrong.

At least that's how it feels sometimes. You sure these things don't come with a manual?