Jim Gaffigan: A Good Husband and Better Dad

“All I want to do is be a good dad, but I’m pretty bad at it.” – Jim Gaffigan

Jim Gaffigan is one of the great comedians of our time and continues to gain popularity for his honest humor about life, family, and his love of food. Jim jokes a lot about his adventures in fatherhood, but the truth is—he’s really a good dad.

Acculturated featured an article recently about Jim Gaffigan being a good husband, but he’s also an exemplary father. He speaks honestly about knowing nothing about raising children, but how he’s striving to be a good dad to his five kids. It’s refreshing to hear a comedian speak with such honesty and conviction about fatherhood, especially since fathers are so important but are often overlooked in today’s society.

Much of what makes Gaffigan’s comedy so hilarious is that it stems from his everyday life, his wife, his children, and usually food. These are things that most of us can relate to—especially the food part. His upcoming book is entitled, Food: A Love Story, which presumably focuses on his fixation with food.

But arguably, his best comedic moments revolve around his children and his every day interactions with them. The title of his previous book was coined after his son wrote “Dad is Fat” on a dry erase board in their house, about which Gaffigan has said, “my son wrote it because he knew it would make me laugh… it cracked me up.”

Jim Gaffigan was still a burgeoning comedian when he met his wife Jeannie and since then, much has changed—and it seems all for the better.

Twelve years ago I didn’t even know if I’d get married, and now being a father is the most important thing I’ve ever done. I used to look at having kids the same way athletes think about going to the Olympics. It would be amazing if it happens, but I won’t assume it’s a sure thing. I’m just very lucky that my path in life has led me to this point; I love it.

In many ways Jim is at the height of his career, but his greatest joy seems to come from his children. Jim often posts pictures of his children and their adventures on social media and makes it a point to bring his family on tour with him, whenever possible.

Gaffigan often talks about how he wants his kids to experience different types of people and cultures, which living in New York City and taking his five kids on tour with him across America and around the world allows him to do.

When asked “why so many children?” Gaffigan avidly replies, “Well, why not?”

I guess the reasons against having more children always seem uninspiring and superficial. What exactly am I missing out on? Money? A few more hours of sleep? A more peaceful meal? More hair? These are nothing compared to what I get from these five monsters who rule my life. I believe each of my five children has made me a better man…Each one of them has been a pump of light into my shriveled black heart. I would trade money, sleep, or hair for a smile from one of my children in a heartbeat. Well, it depends on how much hair.

In a world where so many people, especially celebrities, see having children as “your life is over,” Gaffigan’s outlook is quite refreshing.

People treat having a kid as somehow retiring from success. Quitting. Have you seen a baby? They’re pretty cute. Loving them is pretty easy. Smiling babies should actually be categorized by the pharmaceutical industry as a powerful antidepressant. Being happy is really the definition of success, isn’t it?

Jim Gaffigan’s greatest successes have come since being married and having children, thus it could be said that his family is the secret to his success. Gaffigan says, “All our successes, in the end when we’re about to die, it’s going to come down to—did we pull off being a dad?”

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