I have been in the blogging world for a few months now and I love The Bloggerhood – I’ve (virtually) met so many lovely people and I wanted to celebrate this by featuring some amazing daddy bloggers.
The blogging world is predominantly female-orientated and recently there’s been a spate of dad-blogger bashing which is not cool.
#FatherhoodFriday is a celebration of daddy bloggers and I’m so excited to share some awesome bloggers with you over the next few weeks – for anyone wishing to take part, you are more than welcome, please get in touch!
This week I am pleased to feature Rich AKA One Hull of a Dad…
One Hull of Dad is a dad of two and husband to one. He lives in Hull and blogs about his life as a working dad and any other such nonsense he can think of.
You can find him at www.onehullofadad.co.uk or on social media:
Facebook – www.facebook.com/onehullofadad
Twitter – www.twitter.com/richsayers1610
Instagram – www.instagram.com/onehullofadad
1. Tell us a little about you, and your family…
My name is Rich, I’m 30 years old and married to Kerry. We have two beautiful children together, Joseph who is five and Alice who is 18 months old. Kerry is a stay at home mum whilst I go out to work as a store manager at Hobbycraft.
2. Tell us about your blog…
I blog over at One Hull of a Dad and I have been blogging since July 2016. Christmas of 2016 I had decided I would give blogging a go. I don’t really have many hobbies so I thought this would give me something to get stuck in to. I have no intention of making money from my blog, it is just something I do in my spare time on an evening. So, I made the decision at Christmas like I said, I then did the obvious dad thing and waited 7 months, then I realised if I left it, it wasn’t going to write itself. One evening in July I picked up my tablet and started to write. The rest as they say is history…
3. How did you feel when you discovered you were going to become a daddy for the first time?
Nervous, even though our children had been planned. I don’t think I really took it in. It didn’t seem real until we were in the hospital and Joseph was being born. I was scared, I didn’t know what to expect and I had no confidence in myself as a father to be.
4. Can you remember how you felt when your first child was born?
Just ecstatic! I immediately fell in love with him, we never planned to find out what we were having, I really wanted a girl and Kerry didn’t mind. I had this stupid thing in my head that I wouldn’t be able to love a boy as much as I would a girl as I thought I would feel weird. That soon disappeared the second he was born. I couldn’t believe we had made something so precious. I also couldn’t believe that I hadn’t eaten at all through the four hour labour.
5. What has been your biggest challenge as a dad?
My son’s behaviour, he is now five years old and can be very trying at times. I then get angry and shout at him, he shouts back and it all just gets blown more out of proportion. I need to learn to take a step back and remember that he is a child and will do this, but in the heat of the moment it is very hard.
6. Tell us a funny parenting story!
Joseph used to go through a phase that whenever me or Kerry needed to go to a public toilet (we would obviously have to take him with us if we were on our own) and more with Kerry as she would use a cubicle, Joseph would be in the cubicle shouting “Urgh your having a smelly poo!” at the top of his voice, even though a number 2 was not needed at that present time.
7. How do you fit blogging in around parenting?
No, no real schedule, I just blog as and when I think of something. Sometimes I can write 15-20 posts a month and others I can only write 5. I used to think I needed to hit 2-3 posts a week and would stress out if I didn’t but I thought “who am I writing for”. I’m writing for me so I will publish when I want to.
8. What would you say are your best qualities as a parent?
I think just being there for my kids, we spend the time doing their homework, reading to them etc. We know some parents at Joseph’s school who just give them a tablet to play on as soon as they’re home and just leave them to play on it all night. We didn’t want to be like that, they get their tablet time etc but we love doing things with them and thankfully they do to.
9. What advice would you give any first time dads?
Don’t worry! You will do fine, it seems to come naturally. I also don’t believe in parenting through a textbook, find your own way for your child.
10. Name your top three parenting essentials for new dads/parents.
- The ability to switch off your brain when Peppa Pig is on
- Some time for yourself and your partner, you’re going to need it.
Thank you so much for reading, and a huge thank you to Rich for joining in – if you like what you read, please share; and if you would like to join in, please get in touch!