“Dad, what is metal made out of?” “Dad, where do babies come from.” “Hey Dad, why is water wet?”

These are just a few of the questions being offered up by my wonderful, 5-year old as of late. There are so many special moments that I, as a father, don’t ever want to forget as my boys grow up. First steps, first words, first “I love you,” first day of kindergarten. The question game has to be one of my favorites though. It’s a rare look into the minds of my little ones. I often wonder what they are thinking about and when they ask questions, I begin to gain insight.

The innocence of children is priceless. Of all the benefits of being a SAHD, I think watching them grow up and begin to ask meaningful questions is one of the best. With wide-eyes and a sense of purpose, my son has begun his journey towards becoming a young man. These innocent questions that I have begun to field give me the chance to briefly pause and enjoy the world though the mind of my little one. After all, how long has it been since you wondered why the sky is blue? There are some questions that I dread more than others (i.e. “Is Santa real?” “How does the Tooth Fairy have enough muscles to move my head, to get to my tooth? …and, why doesn’t she give me more money than she does?” “Dad, have you ever worked?”), but they are all such good questions that I find myself beaming with pride after hearing each one.  My son is growing up – no matter how much I wish for time to stop, I can’t. That’s the bitter-sweet nature of being a father, let alone a SAHD. The funny thing about all of these new questions…often times I don’t even know the answers! Thank God for Google.

Now, if only I could find the answer to the question, “Why do they grow up so fast?”