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.
My name is Tim Herriott, I've been married to Wendy for 17 years and we have 2 teenage sons, Matthew aged 15 and Alastair aged 14. I work as the finance director for a large local church and am also a self employed charity accountant. I love sport and lead a running club.
Prominent memory from first year of fatherhood:
I think during my first year of parenthood what struck me most was the complete and utter dependence Matthew had on me (and Wendy) for his well-being. This helped me value my parents even more, as they would have done the same for me (this was especially pertinent as my Dad had died the year before)
Best fatherhood advice received:
Ensure no matter what that your children know you love them, and that they can talk to you about anything, anywhere and at anytime. (oh and love their mother!)
Message for men expecting their first baby:
Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy......…relax and enjoy being a Dad...... laugh as much as possible, don’t worry about not doing what you should do (I still make it up as I go along now!)