As soon as we get the news that we are going to become a father, we all have grand notions that we are going to be the best dad to ever dad in the history of dads. We hold these idyllic thoughts of what every perfect parent is supposed to be and we swear that we live up to the highest standards we can.
And then around the time we are picking up a mystery turd in the living room while the child is standing pantsless on a window sill waving his peepee at the neighbors while the macaroni and cheese you are about to feed him for a fourth straight meal slowly smolders on the stove that you realize the notion of a perfect parent is bullshit. In fact, no one from my generation should ever be allowed to raise children. We barely manage to not set ourselves on fire on a daily basis. How can anyone honestly be expected to be responsible for another human life?
This site will never promise that you will become like those iconic father figures of 1950s era sitcoms. The truth is, they never existed in the first place.
Instead, our only mission is to help you become the best dad you can be, faults and all. We have tips and tricks and hacks that will help you along the way. We talk about our favorite toys and debate superheroes and sports. With SPDtv, we have videos that can help you with everything from making quick snacks to properly baiting a fishing hook. We’ll also have a regular featured column that looks at the world around us through the lens of being a dad.
Most of all, there will be humor. Being a father is supposed to be fun. We promise to never take ourselves too seriously here. I won’t talk about “finding my way” or ask you to “join me on a journey.” That’s dumb. I’m here to make fart jokes.
About the Semi-Pro Dad
The Semi-Pro Dad himself is a former veteran sportswriter, columnist and nationally award-winning multimedia journalist. Over the last decade, he has covered primarily minor league sports, mid-major colleges, high school athletics and outdoors. The Semi-Pro Dad has interviewed hundreds of Hall of Fame athletes and has been in the press box for a World Series and a Super Bowl.
He has made several national television appearances, and has been a part of several high-profile documentary films, including Shark Week on Discovery Channel.
He started this site in the spring of 2016 as a creative outlet to share his thoughts on fatherhood. Since the birth of Semi-Pro Kid, he has found that humor is the best coping mechanism for the frustrations of becoming a first-time dad and hopes that through that humor, other dads can share those experiences as well.
A multigenerational Floridian, they currently live in Southwest Florida with the Semi-Pro Mom, who helped inspire this blog.