Hi I’m Martyn. I’m 32 years old from Kent, UK. I’m a single stay at home dad of two boys aged six and four who I home school. I’m a Dad Blogger and I blog at Inside Martyn’s Thoughts
1. Have you always wanted to be a dad?
I’ve always wanted to be Dad. I remember at primary school when asked what we wanted to be I wrote that. It’s never changed.
2. How did you feel when your children were born?
When William was born I was over filled with overwhelming emotion and love.
I couldn’t quite grasp that I had created him, something so perfect. I was equally terrified at the same time and had no idea what I was doing.
When James was born I was more confident in what I was doing. I loved him instantly, but I was filled with more fear in some ways.
3. What have been the most rewarding experiences been so far?
My most rewarding experience actually comes as a single Dad. The first time to have the boys solely by myself and to survive in doing so. I worried that I would struggle, but it really solidified my faith that I could do this “Dad stuff” and from that to know that the boys look at me as their Dad.
4. What are some of the funniest moments to have happened to you as a dad?
I think it’s the awkward moments when you know that you’re child is innocently saying something that then could be taken offensively!
We had just watched Prince Caspian of the Narnia stories, where the pirates seemed to have all been wearing head garments and turburns. We climbed into a taxi where William quickly pointed at the Sikh driver and shouted “is he a pirate daddy?” Embracing at the time, but these instances happen more and more.
5. Have there been any situations with your children that you found difficult to cope with?
Being disabled offers its own challenges whilst raising the boys. Not being able to carry or lift them I found incredibly difficult. Within each of the challenges I’ve found it difficult to cope. The worst time was when William, a toddler at the time, ran towards a road and I couldn’t chase him, luckily someone walking by stopped him. It’s difficult and a challenge to explain that daddy cant do some things to a small children.
6. What are your dreams and hopes for your children?
I just hope that they grow up to be better than me. I want them to be mentally and physically well; unlike myself. I’d love them to strive for what they want and to be happy in whatever they do.
Thank you Martyn for taking part in the Brilliant Dad Feature, I really appreciate your time.