This past month has been all about the mommas, so I figured it was only fair to put the spotlight on fathers this time around!
With Father’s Day just around the corner, I started looking for inspiration for my next blog post. I found it — or rather him — sitting on the couch watching TV.
Today Daddydaims will be taking the reins and dishing on all things Fatherhood.
I Asked Daddydaims…
When you became a dad four years ago, in which way or ways did your life change?
Everything. In every way. Being responsible for another human being is insane, especially when you still feel like you’re a kid that needs looking after. The thing that changed the most is freedom. It’s suddenly gone, quite literally overnight. But when you have the most perfect little girl and the woman of your dreams, freedom is overrated.
In the past year, specifically, what is the biggest lesson that being a dad has taught you?
Patience. OMG, patience. AJ just wants to do everything. All. The. Time. Also learning to not always say no. Sometimes she has to try the thing and figure out for herself if it’s for her or not.
What do you enjoy most and least about being a dad?
I love being a dad. Easily the best thing is AJ, seeing how she is the best mix of the both of us. The thing I would probably say I like the least is AJ. No, I’m kidding. It’s most probably never getting to sleep in. 8am is sleeping late now, it’s crazy.
What do you feel are the biggest misconceptions when it comes to fatherhood? What do the movies get wrong? (Yes, this is my new favourite question!)
The speed at which children develop once they are a toddler. It is honestly unreal. They go from “goo, goo, ga, ga” to reciting Shakespeare in what feels like a month.
Also potty training. Nothing can prepare you.
Are there any funny ways in which becoming a father has changed you?
Being a dad has made me a doofus. The looks I get while hiding around a corner so I can jump out and scare AJ in a mall is always “fun”.
When it comes to raising children, what’s the best advice you’ve ever received? And what one piece of advice would you give to soon-to-be-dads?
Honestly, the best advice I got was to just be there. You don’t always need to be doing anything or even helping your child, just be around. The best advice I can give is paint your nails, man. Put the make-up on. Have a tea party with all 741 of her dolls. Embrace the doofusness now, cause soon being a doofus will be met with an “OMG, dad! You’re so embarrassing”.
Were there any gizmos or gadgets that made being a dad a little bit easier for you? (Think newborn days, toddler days — and that weird phase between them!)
Front-facing baby carrier vest thing. Get it. Now.
Do you think it was easier or more difficult to be a dad in the past?
Harder. Especially with girls. Being a man used to mean being macho 100% of the time. Now I get to be a marshmallow with my little girl and that’s okay.
Pretend for a second you were a ‘gift’s guy’. Out of all the possible gift options in the world, what would you most like to receive for Father’s Day?
Nice try. I’m not giving you ideas to get me something I don’t actually want!
All in all, what does being a father mean to you?
Consistency. Constantly. Regardless of your mood or how your day went, be a consistent figure in your child’s life and the rest will work itself out.
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