For roughly the last four months, I have been the primary caregiver for my two year old son.
Yes, I’m a stay at home dad.
The experience has taught me a lot of things. It’s been an absolutely amazing experience to share the summer with my son and each day brings new joy as I get to see the world through his eyes and blah blah blah.
Yes, yes, all that.
But it’s also taught me some really useful things too: namely, that beer is a really important part of parenting.
Seriously. I’ve learned to appreciate beer on a whole other level.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not drinking all day or parenting my son under the influence. I still (usually) wait until around 5pm to crack a beer–I’m not a savage–but when I do, it often tastes far, far better than any beer I ever knew as a childless, amateur beer drinker. Because now almost always, more so than ever before, when I DO crack that beer, god damn it, I have earned that beer.
Accordingly, I’ve also learned that there are some beers that are just far better suited to helping you unwind at the end of certain days than others are. That is, there are without question certain trying circumstances that demand a beer at the close of the day, but I’ve found there are actually certain circumstances that lend themselves better to being remedied by specific beers.
As a public service, here are the perfect beer pairings to deal with six common toddler behaviours. Continue reading