Dad Chat – How To Daddoo

Here’s the next instalment of my Dad Chat series. This time it’s Danny from How To Daddoo. The focus of this blog is around being a Dad, including food, pregnancy, relationships and sleeping.

The answer to question four is something that has really crossed my mind a lot as we consider the possibility of expanding our family! N is an amazing sleeper, but would a second child be?

You’ll find links to his great blog at the bottom of the interview.

Please read on, enjoy, and check out his blog and social media.

1. Tell us about yourself and your family

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Here’s Danny and his two kids

My name is Danny and I live with my beautiful wife, Rachel she’s the brain’s of the operation, the organ grinder to my monkey. We have a 3-year-old daughter called Ayla who is a little star and born for the stage, maybe a comedienne. Our 1-year-old son Daniel is developing a little mischievous character of his own and already gets away with murder with his blue eyes and cheeky grin.

2. Have you always wanted to be a Dad?

Not really, I always had quite a negative attitude toward the whole idea. You know the usual things that go on in a young lads head. It’s not that I didn’t want to be a dad, I just had a very negative view of “getting a girl up the duff”, but when that girl’s your wife it’s a different matter.

3. What’s the best thing about being a Dad?

I never saw it coming but the overall love you feel and laughs you have with these random miniature people who keep cropping up in your house is the greatest thing to ever happen to me. I simply love being a father.

4. What’s the most challenging thing about being a Dad?

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Fun in the garden!

For me at the moment its got to be that ol’ chestnut lack of sleep. We were really lucky with our 1st born in that she slept through the night from a early age. As I’ve heard so many other parents say this gave us a false view of parenthood. Our 2nd child at the grand age of 15-months is yet to understand the joy a full nights sleep brings. Balancing work, a three-year-old, a one-year-old isn’t a great look for me right now.

5. If you became a Dad again would you do anything differently? If so, what?

I wouldn’t sweat the small stuff and generally worry less. With your second child you’re naturally a calmer parent and use phrases like “how did the cavemen survive eating stuff off the floor”.

6. What advice would you give to new dads?

As I mention on my blog, I am by no means a fatherhood guru. Without Rachel’s support and advice, I’d be a shell of a man. I would say routine is massive. A good bedtime routine allows you approximately 3 and a half hours to be an adult so cram as much stuff as you can into them. Remember, nobody’s perfect, we all make mistakes. We’re here to say to all Daddoo’s “You’re doing a good job!”

7. Social media links…

FB: /howtodaddoo
TW: @HowtoDaddoo
IG: @HowtoDaddoo

There You Have It…

Thanks for taking part in my Dad Chat series Danny!

Look out for another interview next week.

For previous interviews check out my ‘Guest Posts‘ category.

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