This moth’s Who’s the Daddy features Al Ferguson, the founder of The Dad Network on the similarities between a parent and their child…
Over to Al:
The acorn doesn’t fall far from the tree. That’s what they say anyway.
Each weekend, I take Ted out for a walk with my dad. Three generations of men from the same family out doing something they enjoy. I remember my dad taking me out as a boy on walks; after nursery we’d walk round a local ‘secret’ cemetery and kick the leaves. Perhaps this is where my love for being outdoors and walking came from. It got me thinking though…
…The more I watch Ted grow & develop, the more I believe the ‘acorn’ saying is true. He’s becoming more like me each day that passes. Whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing, the jury’s still out, but I like to think it’s good.
People say he looks like me. I can’t see it personally. What do you think?
He’s also started to show huge similarities to me in his personality. An example being his new found humour for all things toilet related. I know! At just 6 months, he finds wind hilarious whether it’s top or bottom end!
He’s also adopted his old man’s lack of enthusiasm for being dragged round the shopping centre…
He’s followed in my footsteps when it comes to football too. From the word go he’s been an Arsenal fan and even enjoys the early morning re-runs of Match Of The Day.
Having only recently started weaning, he’s taken to solid foods like bees round a honey pot. A boy after my own heart! By the time he’s a year old, between us both, our shopping budget could well have doubled!
We’re both absolutely besotted with mummy! (And just to clarify I am referring to my wife, his mum…not my mummy!) When she walks in the room both our faces light up with joy. And I’m entirely confident that it’s purely boob related!
Our fashion sense is obviously on the same page as you can see here with the braces. Not everyone can pull that look off you know. I guess it’s because we’re both dressed by the same women!
He’s also adopted my love for music. He’s dynamite on the Early Learning centre tambourine & maracas!
It’s a funny thing being a dad; I think it’s perfectly natural for dads to want their children to grow up being like them. I certainly want to raise Ted showing him the things I enjoy in life and hoping / teaching / indoctrinating him to enjoy the same things. I want us to laugh at the same things, cry at the same things and worry about the same things and I hope that our relationship is one that reflects our similarities.
The thing is though, I’m well aware of my bad bits: the annoying habits, the irritating traits and the frustrating way I do things and as much as I want Ted to grow up to be like me, maybe not in every way. A nice blend of my good bits, his mum’s good bits and some of his own unique good bits thrown in for good measure!
That’s what we hope for isn’t it?
For them to be like our good bits and hope that the rest gets filtered out. I guess it’s a balance between the best of dad and the best of mum.
One thing I do hope, is that myself, my dad and Ted are still going out for walks in 20 years time.
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Al is bring together booty shaking Dads for charity-please consider getting involved!
#DOTHEDADDANCE is a campaign aiming to unite dads around the world in having fun as dads whilst raising money for less privileged children. The campaign is simple.
All you need to do:
1) Dads, film yourself dancing to your favourite song, with or without the children.
2) Upload it to social media using the hashtag #DOTHEDADDANCE and then tag / nominate some of your dad friends to do the same.
3) Donate £2 to UNICEF UK via a unique text code or by visiting www.justgiving.com/
Don’t forget to tag The Dad Network in your videos as well, that way we can share them too!
And mums, get your smart phones out and film a dad swinging his hips!
Check out the post for more details HERE and watch the fun promo video below: