By Matt Allen
Dion McInnis felt like dads needed a verb for being a father, an action word that describes what happens in the moments of being a dad.
"Mothers mother — people get that," McInnis said. "They understand the ongoing nurturing, care giving, and loving that 'mothering' connotes. But if we say we saw a man fathering a child, listeners will tend to believe we saw a man having sex. So, daddin' is a verb I made up to speak the things that fathers do in the moments that comprise the years."
Along with making up the verb, McInnis turned the word into the title of his new book, "Daddin': The Verb of Being a Dad."
The book blends stories and insights from raising three sons and what it means to be a child, a father and a grandparent.