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.
I am a Church Pastor in Welwyn Garden City, husband to Sam, and Father to Joseph (6), Amelie (5), and Lucy (1).
Prominent memory of your first year of fatherhood:
The strange and exciting feeling of arriving home with Joseph for the first time and thinking “blimey, there’s three of us now living in this house”. It was a wonderful feeling but I knew that things would never be the same again.
Best fatherhood advice received:
A lot of people said things along the lines of “Live in the present and enjoy the moment because they grow up so fast”. It’s so easy to get caught up in life and miss how fantastic having the kids around is, so am always trying to appreciate them.
Message for men expecting their first baby:
Have lots of fun; don’t worry too much; don’t play the ‘who’s the best parent' game with other parents; get up 10 minutes earlier to avoid getting rushed and stressed on the school run; catch them doing good things and praise them for it.