There are so many obvious reasons that fatherhood is great. There are the mushy things like hearing Dada for the first time, or seeing your baby smile when you come home.
Other less sentimental perks are an excuse to play with toys or watch cartoons. I probably spend an hour a day shooting hoops on Braden's 3 foot basketball goal while watching various animated fare.
The added exercise gained from chasing a wayward toddler could be counted as a plus. The huge mountains of candy the kid acquires from loving family and friends is a perk as well.
Some might even think that having a little guy you can train to feed the dogs and mow the yard is pretty cool.
Yesterday I experienced one of my personal favorite benefits of fatherhood. Several times a week Braden gets eggs at lunch. This is usually his first meal of the day so he gets breakfast. Sometimes those eggs come with pancakes. A batch of pancakes contains far too many cakes for the little guy. Have you figured out where I am going yet?
On those days that my lunch time magically coincides with Braden's first meal I get pancakes and eggs for lunch. This glorious lunch is of course courtesy of my awesome wife. It is also helped by the fact that Braden is not yet able to eat more than 2 or 3 pancakes. Breakfast for lunch is one of the perks I hadn't expected, and I am enjoying it greatly.
Of course the unexpected perks come up every day. Like I said way back in this more serious post, "There is no way you can ever understand what it is like (fatherhood) until it happens to you." You never know what kind of joy your kids will bring into your life.
When that joy manifests itself as a scrumptious breakfast, I make sure to bring my appetite.