My daddy and I
It would be fair to say I think that I was/am I bit of a 'daddy's girl'. That has changed a fair bit since becoming a mother myself and suddenly appreciating all that it is to be a mother (and cringing at how awful I was to my own mother!). Now I would say my mum and I have a very strong bond and an understanding that pre-motherhood and pre adulthood I just didn't really have. Today however I'm going to be talking about my lovely dad.
My dad was unconventional in many ways, he was a stay at home dad that picked us up from school and took us to playgroups. In the late eighties and early nineties that was really pretty rare, because of this I think myself and my siblings have a different relationship with our dad then others may have. Of course I'm not suggesting if your not a stay at home parent you don't have a strong bond but there was something very special about having our dad do the typically 'female' orientated jobs. My dad cooks all the meals, bakes the bread and does the ironing. I do believe because of this I was raised to see men and women as equals and never assumed a women could do anything a man couldn't or that a man couldn't stay at home with the kids. I saw my mum complete PHD's take Open University courses (on maternity leave!) and train in the vocation she wanted whilst still be able to have the family she wanted too.
My mum was a single mum of a toddler when my parents met and my dad was only too eager to become a father to my brother as well. In fact one of my sisters only realised our elder brother was not biologically our dad's son when she was around six! There has never been any difference to our upbringing and I know how proud my dad is of all his children.
My dad is pretty wonderful and special to all of us, he has gone out of his way to help us in anyway he could. Both my parents have sacrificed high earning careers or indulgences for themselves to make myself and my four other siblings were never without. We attended pretty much every club we ever wanted to join, learning instruments, art classes or sporting activities (bet you didn't know I used to go to synchronised swimming ey? ;)). We also were able to move around the country, and other countries and experience travel and new experiences on a shoe string but with our family creating wonderful memories.
My parents have never really taken time for themselves in around thirty years so if I could do something for my dad this fathers day it would be to give them both a break. Maybe a weekend away or even something simple like a meal out for a change!
As part of Braun's #fathersdaydreams I created this video. Braun are encouraging people to tweet about why their dad is a true champion and deserves to have his dreams made true (whatever that is!).
You find out more details here, don't forget to use the hashtag!
In association with Braun
Afternote, for some reason in my video I mentioned twenty years or so of parenting..considering my brother is 33 I got that a bit wrong! Clearly I am stuck in the mindset I am still twenty!