This is part of our fatherhood in 200 words series where we asked dads to share a little about themselves, their most prominent memory of their first year of fatherhood, the best parenting advice they have received and a message for dads-to-be. Each answer was limited to 50 words and you find them here unedited and as given.
I’m an aspiring adult and work in East London for a charity called Spear. I’ve got 3 boys - a 5 and 3 year old and a 3 week old and a wife of 10 years. I’m an expert at starting things but not finishing them and particularly enjoy making new things out of old bits of wood.
Prominent memory from first year of fatherhood:
A lot of the first year is a blur of tiredness, happiness and a realisation that it’s not all about you anymore. Leaving the hospital as a 3 rather than a 2 is a pretty stand out moment though.
Best fatherhood advice received:
Try not to stress. The milestones will come - your kids will be able to read, go to the toilet, use a knife and fork etc by the time they’re 18.
Message for men expecting their first baby:
Enjoy yourself. I think that the more you invest in your relationship with your kid, the more you get out of it. You only have a few years of your kids being around and wanting you around, make the most of them.