While I’ve been going through seven months of prego life, my husband has been too. He may not actually be pregnant, but he likes to think he is.
Sometimes, he says, “I can’t do that…I’m pregnant.” He thinks it’s funny, but in some ways it’s true. He’s dealt with me and my complaining and the side effects and worries of expected parenthood.
The whole pregnancy thing, of course, has got me thinking about parenting and whether we are actually prepared.
My husband’s survived his “pregnancy” with the aid of essential skills learned while in Scouting–like being tough and doing hard things.
And, though I don’t really think it’s completely possible to prepare for something till you jump in and do it, I do believe becoming an Eagle Scout has helped my husband better prepare to be a dad.
After talking with him and contemplating things, here’re some ways a few required merit badges prepare him (and your Scout) for future parenthood:
“Well, camping taught me how to stay up all night and party with my friends. Obviously, you have to stay up all night with a baby.”
He also said from camping he learned to embrace being really, really dirty. According to him, this will help with the challenges of nasty baby problems like vomiting.
- First Aid
With the first aid merit badge, you learn essential life saving skills. From being around six younger siblings, I know kids get hurt a lot. “When my baby hurts herself, I’ll be able to fix her,” said my husband. It’s nice to know he (and other Scouts) have gained skills to react quickly when an emergency exists.
- Family Life
This one should be obvious. Of course, it helps. In fact, Scouts are supposed to discuss with their counselor about what it takes to be an effective father and the responsibilities of parenthood. Isn’t it awesome that my husband was asked to do this while only a teen?
- Environmental Science or Sustainability
This is a topic my husband’s extremely passionate about. In fact, he built his own water filtration system for our tiny home. He says, “Babies are expensive, so it’s good to save all the water we can.” He was taught basics about conserving water while a Scout.
Being pregnant is crazy. Parenthood is even more crazy. I really don’t know how so many people do it, but I’m about to find out!
I’m glad for what Scouting taught my husband about surviving “pregnancy”. I’m also grateful for the parenting skills he’s gained.
(Of course, I’ll find out when the time comes if it really did help him prepare. Then, I’ll let you know.)
With Scouting, your boy does more than just gain skills; he gains mad, life kid-raising skills.
Author: Michelle Carpenter | Marketing Associate, Utah National Parks Council