Although off blogging and really enjoying my offline moments while on holiday this doesn’t mean that I’m going to forego or (God Forbid) skip this month’s chat with a dad! Not at all, especially when I’m excited to introduce, Julian of Northern Dad… that is, of course, introduce him to those who haven’t yet come across his outstanding blog. Julian is a recent find of mine, and one who is fast becoming one of my favourite dad bloggers.
It comes as no surprise that our August Chat with a Dad, also happens to be the winner of the Best Writer Category in the Brilliance in Blogging (BiB UK) Awards 2015. Read on to find more about him:
Tell us something about yourself and your little ones.
I’m a dinosaur from the eighties, (poor eyesight – big feet) stomping around Yorkshire with my wife and two kids. My son is 12, and my daughter is 6 years-old.
My son is at that awkward stage, bobbing around in the murky waters somewhere between man and boy. He’s just started talking like a rapper; the kind of hardcore rapper who likes Coco Pops for supper.
What were your little ones birth stories like?
When my wife was pregnant with our first child, our son Brodie, she developed an intense craving for chocolate oranges, which she used to eat nearly whole. I could almost hear them rolling down into her stomach. I think my son thought he was being incubated inside a pool table. It was totally different with my daughter, during her pregnancy my wife became addicted to Scotch eggs.
What do you wish you knew about being a Dad before becoming one?
The price of chocolate oranges and Scotch eggs.
How do you balance your time between work and fatherhood?
I’m a freelance copywriter, working from home, so during the school holidays I am around to look after the kids. When I say ‘around’ I mean hiding in the toilet, waiting for the holidays to end.
How do you manage child-free time with your wife? Do you have date-nights?
I was always rubbishing at dating. When I first asked my future wife out on a date, I found out that she was really into cooking and meals out, so I took her to play badminton.
Now, whenever we have a free night, I always tell her that I have booked a restaurant meal, and then take her to play badminton; she hates it. Faced with free-time with me, she always tries to go with the kids.
Any favourite anecdotes of your little ones?
I was driving, and my son was in the back with his friend. They were both about seven years-old, and were discussing who they thought was the richest person on the planet. It went like this:
My son: Who do you think the richest man in the world is?
His mate: Alan Sugar. Who do you think it is?
My son: I think it’s the guy who invented houses; they’re everywhere.
What is it about fatherhood you love?
If there were anything about fatherhood you dislike, what would it be?
Nothing, I love being a dad. Being a parent gives you the opportunity to experience a completely different kind of life; love it.
If you were given the chance to be a stay-at-home-Dad would you take it?
In my experience, the first five years are really intense, and I think it’s hard for one parent to take on all that responsibility.
My wife and I chopped and changed careers so that we could take it in turns, which gave us both an opportunity to be there at the magic moments, and the not-so-magic moments. It was tough financially, but we are both glad we did it. Well, I think we are both glad, I’ll ask my wife when she gets back from trying to ram her badminton racket in the bin.
Best Advice you’ve ever received about Fatherhood?
Never pick your kids up from school in a pair of skin-tight cycling shorts.
If you can give yourself advice before becoming a Dad, what would it be?
Don’t listen to people who tell you never to wear skin-tight cycling shorts, they’re just jealous.
Thank you so much Julian!
Hope over to his blog right now for more brilliant writing!
And if you’ve missed last month’s Chat with a mum, click here to read.