One Dad's Two-Month Paternity Leave

November 20: Day 18

I'd been hearing about a neighbor of mine named Errol who runs a playgroup for dads. I finally met him, and he invited Audrey and me to join. He started his group, he says, because he'd been hanging out with a lot of moms, and "the eighth time they invited me to go shoe shopping, I said, 'Enough!'"

Today, Audrey and I trek to the playgroup. Most of the kids are older than Audrey, and it's fantastic to see her take delight in watching them run around. I imagine for a moment that I am a brilliant parent, giving my child a valuable social experience. Then I accept that I'm also relieved to have found adults with whom to share parenting experiences. The lesson: Being with others helps you understand and bond with your baby.

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