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Fathers Day: What Being A Dad Means To Me

21/06/2015 22:32

I seem to say it almost every day, but time travels so, so fast! This is already my third Fathers Day as a Dad and my first as a Father of two. My first Fathers Day seems like it was just yesterday! I'm always grateful to receive cards and gifts but I honestly mean it when I say that having those two gifts from God in my life are the only gifts I could ever want or need. I feel blessed every day that I can call myself a Dad to such incredible children. But what does being a Dad actually mean? To me, it means numerous things.

  • Being a Dad is all consuming, expensive, exhausting, challenging and has completely stripped me of my ability to be spontaneous. But it's also improved my life and my character beyond measure. For all of the sacrifices that comes with it, being a Dad forces me to be a better person. I know that I have to improve in every single area to set the right kind of example, and that kind of motivation doesn't grow on trees.
  • Being a Dad is the chance to leave a legacy worth leaving. The people my children grow to be will have (in part) been moulded by me, my discipline, teachings and actions. When I pass and leave this world, there will be a small piece of me left behind in each of my children and by that I am humbled.
  • Being a Dad is what transformed me from a boy to a man. No longer am I care free without responsibility. The day I became a parent was the day that I realised that my decisions would no longer affect me and me alone, but the impact would spread much further. Embarking on a journey into Fatherhood was the day that I realised that my actions and behaviour would shape the morals and principles of a new generation in my family.
  • Being a Dad is believing in love at first sight.
  • Being a Dad is the privilege of being reborn and having the ability to discover the world all over again. I get no greater joy than seeing my children experience something new and watching their eyes, mind and senses come to grips with the wonders of our world.
  • Being a Dad is being proud. It's embracing happiness and recognising the small things in life and learning how to see good in them.

Father Daughter Newborn HospitalFather Son Baby Sleeping


Being a Dad is life changing and a lesson that never ends, but it's a lesson I would take over and over. The struggle is immense and the challenge is incomparable to anything in life, but the rewards are just as unrivalled. At times I hate being a Dad, but never for longer than a split second. It's the best job in the world and I'd swap my life for no ones!

Baby Wearing Dad DaughterFather Son Hand Holding

Happy Fathers Day to all the great Dads in the world. Hug your kids and recognise the fact that they're responsible for ensuring you're striving to be better and be the best man you can possibly be.



You Baby Me Mummy

Topic: Fathers Day: What Being A Dad Means To Me.

Date: 01/07/2015

By: You Baby Me Mummy

Subject: Great post

Aw what a lovely honest post my love. Parenting is so tough and I think we are all pushed to the limits sometimes, but it is still the best thing ever. Thanks so much for linking up to #TheList x


Date: 30/06/2015

By: Helen @ Witty Hoots

Subject: Father's Day

Sounds like you had a good Father's Day - a very thoughtful post too.


Date: 27/06/2015

By: Ally Messed Up Mum

Subject: Fathers day

Such a lovely post! I love the honesty, I love how you admit it's not always the amazing journey people make out to be, that it can be a little tough at times. It doesn't make it any less of an amazing journey though does it? Brilliant read :)


Date: 27/06/2015

By: Nayna Kanabar


What a lovely fathers day post. I particularly like it as its written by a dad.


Date: 26/06/2015

By: Tim

Subject: comment

Very well said, Ryan. I'm not a religious person but there is an element to which becoming a dad is like being reborn. My life since becoming a dad is very different to what it was before - I might as well have been two different people - but the downs are more than outweighed by the ups.


Date: 26/06/2015

By: Ryan Costello

Subject: Re: comment

Ups always make up for the downs! Always. The hardest thing is those around you not realising the need to change as you become a parent. Those people tend to get left behind.


Date: 26/06/2015

By: Sonya Cisco

Subject: fathers day

Happy Fathers Day - hope you got plenty of hugs!


Date: 25/06/2015

By: Ninjacat

Subject: fathersday

I believe in Love in first sight I believe in your words
beautiful post


Date: 24/06/2015

By: Carry On Katy

Subject: Lush

This is just beautiful.
Made me she'd a little tear.x


Date: 24/06/2015

By: Globalmousetravels

Subject: post

Aw lovely post and so true - the lack of impulse and the huge sense of responsibility but being a parent is so brilliant.