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Fatherhood advice for dads and from dads

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Over the years we’ve been lucky enough to have many awesome dads contribute to our site.

There have been the celebrity dads we’ve interviewed, the author dads who’ve written amazing blog posts for us, and not to mention the dad who co-founded the Bub Hub in the first place! We’ve also had loads of articles written specifically for dads.

Here are some of the best bits from those articles …

 

“Keep dinner simple and don’t stress if they don’t eat it. Try to buy less prepackaged food as possible – I know it’s easier but your kids will enjoy fresh produce better.

“Every day is a challenge but most probably the most rewarding and best challenge I have had in my life.”

Miguel Maestre, celebrity chef

“A baby may be small, but there is a lot to do and I was overwhelmed; the only way I could cope was to equate fatherhood to something that I was already in possession of intimate knowledge of … owning a car!

“Both a child and a car require frequent refuelling, cleaning and regular maintenance to ensure their smooth operation and longevity. Should you fail to keep up a regular regime in terms of these three practices both the child and the car will begin to look shabby, smell a little bit and start making horrible noises.”

Steve Bedwell, author

“(Parenthood) is going to be tough but worth it, be the best version of yourself you can possibly be.”

“We need to lead by example. We will also be more conscious about our choices and decisions. We need to stop allowing children to rule the roost and take control.”

Commando Steve aka Steve Willis

“Having a baby is a huge life change for both parents so DO SOME RESEARCH and don’t be afraid to ask for advice or assistance from friends and family. If you leave the research to your partner, you cannot be unhappy if your perspective is overlooked!

“We are all very busy these days, but I cannot stress enough the importance of being involved with your kids. Be a coach, attend the kindy function, go to swimming lessons, play in the park, or just read a story. Thirty minutes of one-on-one time is good for you! Yes, your kids will love it but small children do not understand stress – they are joyful, happy beings.”

Big Bad Brad, Bub Bub co-founder

“Becoming a dad myself has made me a better children’s entertainer. It has certainly made me even more appreciative of the parents who bring their children to see my shows, or buy my music. Sometimes, as a parent, it is so hard to even get out of the front door with your children. So I really appreciate what the parents are sacrificing to bring their children.”

Sam Moran, children’s TV presenter

“If you are suffering from [postnatal depression], just know that there are people out there willing and able to help you. Don’t be afraid to ask for it, this depression isn’t you, and it’s OK to admit you’re not coping. Talking about this made me feel a lot better, and even today keeping that open dialogue with my wife keeps everything in check.

“All I can say is that it will get better. I can’t tell you when, but there will come a time when you feel it. It might not last long, and you may revert back like I occasionally do. But you just have to keep going, keep fighting and slowly let the good days out number the bad ones.”

Ross Hunt, blogger at Isablog

“It’s single handedly the hardest, most exhausting and fundamentally amazing thing I have ever experienced.

“The stuff that actually matters is fun, silliness, love, care and compassion.”

Daniel Steele, teacher and blogger at Upgrade Think Learn

“[Fatherhood] is more like a hike than a picnic. There are tough parts, easy parts, areas to be cautious and spots to rest; but overall it’s generally a full journey that’s beautiful for the most part and memorable enough that you may want do that hike again. Maybe even a few times!”

Sean Tonnet, psychotherapist

“Active, engaged dads do things differently than mums, from changing nappies to their playing styles and that is exactly how babies like it. This all adds to your baby’s experiences and research shows that having these positive interactions helps babies develop into healthy children with good emotional wellbeing and strong resilience.”

Helen McAllister, National Director Raphael Services

“Look after yourself. The same way you look after your kid. Nurture is a foreign word to many men, but that’s precisely what we need to do — to our kids, yes, but also ourselves.

“We’re no good to our kids if we aren’t in full flight.”

Ryan Heffernan, author

“It has often been said that by the time a man reaches the end of his life he is not wishing he did more for his employer, or wishing he had a better golf handicap, he is wishing he spent more time with his children and family.”

Frances Wolff, psychologist, child & family therapist

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