Brilliant Dad Feature Week 125

This week the Brilliant Dad Feature is Mark. He’s married to Simone and he has two amazing kids, Grace and Thomas.

He is also known in the social media world as Big Man in the Woods where he blogs and vlogs about his camping experiences and his family adventures. He is also a scout leader which is why he vlogs about camping related things.

Thank you to Mark for taking part.

1. Have you always wanted to be a dad?

I never talked about being a ‘Daddy’ as a kid like my daughter does right now – but in her case a Mummy. It wasn’t until I got married, and after a year or so, we had the ‘it’s time to have kids’ talk. We both agreed that we had a few more things we wanted to do before settling down to start a family. I was still doing a lot of professional radio as well as working full time in the hospital.

When we had our 1st child, it was the right time for me and my wife. -I don’t think there’s ever a ‘perfect’ time.

2. How did you feel when your children were born?

It’s a very strange feeling, you get instant love which is rather odd as you never instantly feel this kind of love for someone you’ve never met before. It’s hard to describe to a non-parent. It’s just an amazing warm feeling inside. A feeling I will never forget.

3. What have been the most rewarding experiences been so far?

That’s a difficult one to honestly answer, as there’s quite a few….

My daughter: – seeing her progress and change from a toddler into a young person. Her speech is amazing and puts me to shame.

My son: – witnessing his 1st steps.

4. What are some of funniest moments to have happened to you as a dad?

Where do I start…… hearing my daughter call Mummy a “See you next Tuesday” we both looked at each other and laughed, as that’s a word neither of us use. In fact, she was trying to say “Mummy I CAN’T “but still that made me laugh for days.

I think all of us dads have had that wet patch on our left shoulder either its puke or dribble.

Watching my son eat his 1st Mr Whippy ice cream, and having that classic Ice cream face- all around his chops. It’s just a classic look. No doubt this photo I’m sure I will be showing his future wife.

5. Have there been any situations with your children that you found difficult to cope with?

Yes! Infact it happened a few hours ago before I started to answer these questions. BEDTIME!!!!!

In particularly when my daughter is soooooo tired, she just turns into this crazy monster, where she kicks, punches, screams at me. It’s like a completely different child. This is something that is hard for me to deal with and to stay calm and relaxed.

Lots of deep breathing, counting to ten and doing the food shopping mentally in my head helps me calm down.

6. What are your dreams and hopes for your children?

I would like them both to grow up to be respected members of the family as well as in the Local Community, be their own unique person and the main “hope” being healthy.

I’m not going to pressure them into get a Job/Career. I just hope they have a happy job and a job they love to do.

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