Father to Angus.
"It’s amazing how a smile from my son can take away any other worries and for that moment it’s just pure love. I am loving every precious moment of fatherhood."
What do your children refer to you as?
A little early for that 😊
Please provide name(s) and age(s) of your children.
Angus Witkowski, 4 months old.
How did you support your partner in the early stages of becoming a parent?
Just being present was the main thing, supporting Mother and Baby in any little way that I could. Getting up for all feeds during the night, providing cups of tea, and an endless ammount of cuddles for both Lissie and Angus.
How were YOU supported and did you feel adequately supported in the early stages of becoming a parent?
Amongst my circle of friends there’s been quite a few children come along over the years, and we’re a pretty open and honest bunch of mates so I was lucky enough to come into fatherhood with open eyes and a little knowledge. I’m very fortunate to have a loving and supportive family close by so was surrounded by love and support. Although, nothing can actually prepare you for the awe-inspiring experience of childbirth, and the sleep deprivation!
What is the best thing about being a parent?
The smile first thing in the morning when Angus wakes up, let’s hope this lasts for a little while longer! It’s amazing how a smile from my son can take away any other worries and for that moment it’s just pure love. I am loving every precious moment of fatherhood.
What is the hardest thing about being a parent?
I struggled with the work/fatherhood balance, and I still am. In the weeks/months post-birth, I felt I was doing an average job at both being a Dad and running a business, but I’ve come to the realisation everyone does the best they can, and it takes time to figure it out.
Share your top hacks for being a parent.
1) Always support each other. There is a new challenge every day, but if you tackle it together, nothing in insurmountable
2) It’s important to take even 5 minutes a day for yourself, for me it’s as simple as going outside, closing my eyes, and breathing in the fresh air
3) Be flexible, there are a million opinions on what you should and shouldn’t be doing, and people seem more than happy to offer unsolicited advice. Try new things, and if they don’t work move on to something else. Every child is different so there’s no right or wrong way.
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