Was it love at first sight when you welcomed your newborn baby?
One honest dad, Phillip Toledano, a New York–based artist and photographer, has not only shared some of his not-so-thrilled-to-be-a-dad thoughts, he’s started a new trending topic, #DadConfession on Twitter.
The author of five books, including The Reluctant Father, and Days With My Father, Toledano is keeping it real for new parents everywhere.
“I was never particularly interested in having kids,” he writes for PEOPLE.
He adds: “I liked them in an abstract sense, in the same way that exercise seems appealing but, in practice, utterly tedious. When friends came over with their kids, I treated them like radioactive material: Tolerable for short periods of time. Prolonged exposure would have unpleasant effects, like hair loss, or inexplicable stains on the sofa.”
Toledano goes on to talk about welcoming his first-born child, daughter Loulou, and the “weird” feelings he experienced at her birth.
“Was I overwhelmed in a tsunami of love? Not really,” he shares.
The brave writer goes on to talk about the transition into fatherhood, and shares a series of intimate family photos.
What do you think about his honest and heartfelt confessions? Did you feel the same way when you first became a parent?
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