10 Things I love About Being a Dad

Love about being dad

As it’s my first Father’s Day with Ted, I thought there wouldn’t be anything better than simply listing the things I love about being his dad.

I love being a dad. I mean, obviously there are (a lot of) moments where I don’t know the time of day (or night) and I’m so tired that I put my shoes on the wrong way round without realising but, on the whole, I love being a dad.

As Father’s Day arrives, I thought I’d share a post listing 10 things I love about being a dad. Father’s Day has all sorts of meanings for all sorts of different dads. One thing that all (if not, most) dads have in common, is that there are many things that we love about being a dad.

It’s a tricky business refining it down to just 10, but I’m going to do my best.

  1. I love it when the boy snugs his head into my neck. Ted is too much of a fidget to spend a long time cuddling, so those moments when he does are even more special.
  2. Having an excuse to be silly without any judgement! Silly voices, silly dances and silly behaviour is generally frowned upon in most adult situations. Your boss probably wouldn’t take too kindly to you talking in your attempted Scottish accent and the cashier in Marks & Spencer would just get irritated if you turned your purchases into an aeroplane, crash landing on the counter. Add a baby into the mix and suddenly all becomes acceptable!
  3. I love that my OCD has been challenged. Being a dad leaves very little room for OCD. Am I saying it’s a fool proof cure, no. But it goes a long way to making me cope with a small bit of bright orange baby food on my nice cream carpet. *shivers
  4. Making the boy smile. When he does those huge great big smiles, I get an overwhelming sense of satisfaction of a good job, well done. If Ted is happy, then so am I and the universal sign of happiness, a smile, is all I need as evidence.
  5. Dinner times. Seeing the boy enjoy his food is better than eating a full roast dinner, washed down with a pint of beer myself! What could be better than a knowing your son has a full belly.
  6. I love that thing he does when he peers around to try and make eye contact with me. I reckon that all dads have something about their children that just makes their heart skip a beat. For me, it’s when he does this.
  7. Coming home from work. Well, I always enjoyed coming home from work but when you have a child to come home to, it changes that enjoyment into excitement and anticipation.
  8. I love my wife. This may sound like an odd one but hear me out. Since the boy was born, I have fallen in love with my wife in a whole different way. Seeing her with him is simply the best thing I could ever lay my eyes on. I love the way she is so patient and tender with him. I love the way she loves him. And above all, I love the fact that she’s his mum. And a bloody good one at that!!!
  9. Having larger portions. This is not a good idea if you’re trying to get fit, but having a baby limits the time you get to eat. So my mentality is simple, and I learnt it from an ex-SAS soldier; stock up when you can because you don’t know when your next meal will be. I enjoy food at the best of times and having an excuse to double my portions is wonderful.
  10. Writing the boy’s adventures. A friend said to me that being a dad means you get to write your kids adventures. I like that. I get to influence this little chaps adventures as he navigates his way through life. It’s an overwhelming and terrifying responsibility, but also an honour.

I could go on writing the things I love about being a dad, but you’d get bored and the keyboard batteries would wear out and the price of batteries is unbelievable!

I’d love to hear from you about what you love about being a dad?

Mums' Days


  1. Jemma 21 June, 2015 / 11:14 pm

    What a lovely list and a great post for Father’s day.

    Thanks for hosting #bigfatlinky

  2. Al Ferguson 22 June, 2015 / 9:01 am

    Thank you Jemma…. I could have written a thousand! I hope you had a good day :)

  3. Mumma McD 26 June, 2015 / 12:04 pm

    Oh the smiles! Heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time :) Lovely list!

    • Al Ferguson 27 June, 2015 / 2:51 pm

      The problem is that once i get Ted to laugh – i keep doing it until he’s bored! serious case of over-kill. I just love it so much :)

    • Al Ferguson 27 June, 2015 / 2:54 pm

      Thank you. What would be on your list?

    • Al Ferguson 27 June, 2015 / 2:50 pm

      Thank you :)

  4. Angela at Daysinbed 27 June, 2015 / 10:56 am

    A fab list Al! My husband loves being a dad. He is a step father so has not experienced the early years. It would be great for him to have the opportunity one day. I will have to get well first.


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    • Al Ferguson 27 June, 2015 / 2:49 pm

      Well lets hope that you get well soon. Thank you :)

  5. Emma's Mamma 27 June, 2015 / 11:35 am

    That’s a lovely list! Love the last one about writing his adventures. That’s so true! Happy father’s day (about a week too late!) and thanks for hosting the #bigfatlinky

    • Al Ferguson 27 June, 2015 / 2:49 pm

      Thank you very much. I hope you all had a good day :)

  6. Hannah Atkinson 27 June, 2015 / 1:36 pm

    There’s nothing better than those snuggles into your neck. My 3.5yr old still does that. Heaven

    • Al Ferguson 27 June, 2015 / 2:48 pm

      I hope beyond hope Teddy never stops!

  7. jeremy@thirstydaddy 27 June, 2015 / 2:07 pm

    Borderline OCD myself, and its definately a challenge with a house full of toys. Great list

    • Al Ferguson 27 June, 2015 / 2:47 pm

      Such a challenge- my carpet is now green and orange stained!!! AHHHH

  8. Lucy at Occupation:(m)other 27 June, 2015 / 10:16 pm

    I’m not a dad but particularly love being silly without judgement…i am going to try to continue this for AS LONG AS POSSIBLE. Until my son disowns me probably. And number 10…you’ve summed up exactly what i feel when I introduce a new experience to him, i’ve been trying to find the words to explain it and that’s it. Lovely fathers’ day post. #bigfatlinky

    • Al Ferguson 30 June, 2015 / 10:06 pm

      Cool, I’ll check it out :)

  9. International Elf Service 28 June, 2015 / 1:29 pm

    What a lovely list – it’s so easy to whizz through the days and it’s so lovely to stop and reflect. Ted will love reading that list when he’s older!

    • Al Ferguson 30 June, 2015 / 10:06 pm

      I hope so. He’ll have 1000’s posts to read.

  10. Hannah 28 June, 2015 / 5:40 pm

    What a lovely post. I particularly love what you wrote about your wife since she became a mother. #bigfatlinky

    • Al Ferguson 30 June, 2015 / 10:05 pm

      want every word! :)

    • Al Ferguson 30 June, 2015 / 10:05 pm


  11. Fatima @ Baby Toddler Me 29 June, 2015 / 12:42 pm

    What a beautiful post! And I love what you said about loving your wife even more now. So sweet!

    • Al Ferguson 30 June, 2015 / 10:04 pm

      Ar, thank you :)

  12. Joe Rawlinson 30 June, 2015 / 10:11 pm

    I love the comments and insights my kids make that help me see the world in a different perspective. It is refreshing to see things through kids’ eyes. #bigfatlinky

  13. You Baby Me Mummy 1 July, 2015 / 8:39 pm

    Aww you are such a softie! What a gorgeous post, I adore reading about your and Teds relationship. Thanks so much for linking up to #TheList x

  14. casey grice (dashboard dad) 7 July, 2015 / 2:54 am

    Spot on Al… other than dinner time I couldn’t agree more. Dinner time is great as far as the social aspect goes..the 4 of us sitting at the table and sharing our favorite parts of the day and a few laughs is great but man my boys can be challenging at the table. The oldest will eat anything but doesn’t want to feed himself and the youngest wants to feed himself but is super picky.

    Making them smile is great. That moment I walk in the door after work is amazing and I couldn’t agree more about falling more in love with my wife. I also really enjoy bath time and teaching them new things and those pay off moments when they catch on. Nice post Ted!!

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