Fatherhood in 200 Words #16 - Mark

This is the part of our fatherhood 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.

About:

A few years ago for my 30th I climbed Base Camp Everest. It was pretty fun and epic. I love adventure and like to think I'm a free spirited chap. I have two boys, Matthew Jesse George Tate, who's 7 and Joshua Harry Tate who's 4, they're badasses. I'm married to the lovely Laura who is also a badass.

Prominent memory from first year of fatherhood:

I found my first year of parenthood a shock to the system. It was really hard work and daunting. To be honest there was lots of it I didn't enjoy - the first year has been the hardest for me.

Best fatherhood advice received:

Kids spell love: T.I.M.E. More than anything else kids will crave your attention and time. They will feel valued, build self-esteem and grow in confidence the more time you have for them and it will help your relationship grow with them too.

Message for men expecting their first baby:

Stick at it! I think becoming a dad was one of the best things that ever happened to me and I am glad I am one, even though at first it was a real struggle, it gets easier as time goes on and now I love it.