The New York Post recently wrote that most men start "turning into their dad" at age 37. Even though I am 38 now, I was confident that this list would not apply to me. I was wrong.

1.  You start taking grilling very seriously. Guilty as charged. I love grilling- it gives my wife a night off of cooking, we don't have to turn on the oven and warm up the house and I get a few moments of outdoor peace and quiet. Yes please.

2.  You fix things instead of just replacing them. Yeah I'm getting good at this. I have fixed our water heater, furnace and dishwasher and learned to install a bunch of stuff like sinks and various electronics.

3.  You start telling "dad jokes." I don't really do dad jokes that much. Finally, one that doesn't perfectly describe me.

4.  You tell your kids to "ask their mother." Nah, I don't really delegate like that. I am fine telling my kid no, especially because I know Ashli won't.

5.  You fall asleep on the couch watching sports. As much as I love the Vikings, I fall asleep on the couch almost every Sunday in the fall.

6.  You grunt getting up off the couch. I grunt, I creak, I moan, I sigh.... getting off the couch is a whole thing at this point.

7.  You mute commercials. I am guilty of this as well, but in my defense I have done this since I was a little kid because my grandpa taught me to do it.

8.  You love to mow the lawn. I will NOT let my wife mow the lawn. She does so much around the house that it's hard for me to contribute as much as I'd like. This is basically my claim to fame in our house. This, and shoveling.

9.  You don't like it when other people touch the thermostat. I am a bit of a miser when it comes to the thermostat. WE AREN'T PAYING TO HEAT THE WHOLE NEIGHBORHOOD!

10.  You finish the leftover food on everyone's plates. Nah that's just nasty. Unless it's something tasty, then I'd hate for it to go to waste!



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