Lessons I Have Learnt Since Becoming A Parent | Guest Blogger Series | Dadtastic Voyage


“I’m Carl, a thirty-something, happily married guy, who blogs as The Dadtastic Voyage. Living in West Yorkshire with the missus (Rachel), two daughters (Olivia and Robyn) and two Zuchon puppies (Joey and Phoebe). I started this blog to share my experiences, learnings, failings and random thoughts about being a Dad. This is partly to document our lives, partly to give a Dad’s perspective on being a parent but mainly to keep me out of trouble…
The Dadtastic Voyage blog chronicles my experiences as a Dad to my two awesome daughters. It all started in 2015 when the missus went back to work and my life as a stay-at-home Dad in a very mummy-focused world of parenting began.

Lessons I Have Learnt Since Becoming A Daddy

  • Parenting isn’t something you can prepare for! No amount of self-help books and classes can ready you for the real deal.
  • It’s okay to be without your kids. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
  • Cbeebies is a revelation! So you can get something done without a toddler hanging off your ankles.
  • Baby wipes are life! Never leave the house without them, no matter what. Just don’t do it!
  • I really need coffee.

    Is Parenting Different Than You Imagined?

I never thought I could love anything as much as I love my girls. When parents used to say they’d do anything for their children, I used to take it with a pinch of salt. But now that I have my own, I completely understand what they meant. All the things I thought would be good and exciting about being a parent are a million times better than I could have imagined. However, I never really understood how 24/7 parenting was, and how about one millionth of that time I would actually spend having a decent solid sleep. Sleep was definitely the thing I took for granted when I wasn’t a parent
and I’m slowly but surely ticking off the years until I can sleep for as long and deeply as I want again…at least 10 more to go! If I could do it all again, I would try to appreciate my time a little bit more. I’d try to have more patience. I’d try to let Olivia try things, even if they she makes a mess, just as long as she’s safe and happy.

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