What makes a great Dad?
I decided to celebrate Father’s Day with a post about what makes a great Dad. I always knew Rich would make a great father, and from the moment Freyja arrived in our lives, I was proven right. Which isn’t really a surprise as I am ALWAYS right!!
Both the girls are real “mummy’s girls”. Poor Rich has had to endure many episodes of “Not you Daddy!” but they have definitely decreased over the years. There are fewer arguments about who gets to have a bedtime story with mummy and they are seeing that Daddy is the “fun parent”!
I mean it isn’t really a surprise that the girls think he is such a great Dad. For a start, he takes them for KFC when he has to pick them up from school if I have a Parent’s Evening at School. He pushes them higher on the swings than I would ever do. He is more likely to let them play with PlayDoh than I am. Once when he had to take Freyja for a new pair of shoes, she came back with two pairs. Daddy is the best.
But then pretty much every child is going to think that their Dad is the best. What makes Rich really stand out? I think it is because he helps me be the best mum I am. Whenever I am questioning myself, whenever I am wracked with mum-guilt (which is most of the time) he is there for me, always telling me what a great job I am doing.
With the World Cup currently being played, I can’t restrain myself from using a football analogy. When a country does well in a competition, the players and the manager revel in the glory (and of course the blame if they don’t make it passed the group stages). They are in the spotlight, but the success isn’t just down to them. There are so many people behind the scenes who you don’t see, but are just as important. And that’s the key to a really great Dad. At first glance you may just see the parent who is having all the fun with the kids, but beyond this there is the man who is helping to maintain everyone’s sanity. Doing all the little jobs that need to be done whilst I am busying “mum-ing”. There is the man who calms the whole situation down when I am going ballistic about all the toys that haven’t been tidied away. The man who can always make us smile, no matter how hopeless a situation seems.
Happy Father’s Rich from Emily, Freyja and myself. I hope you have a great day and a break from all the usual “dadmin”. Normal duties resume on Monday!