Becoming a Dad is the most sensational, life-changing thing most of us will ever do.
In a spluttering, wailing instant your life is transformed forever. Important priorities suddenly and brutally shift from wondering what topping to have on your takeaway pizza and the Saturday afternoon football scores to contemplating whether there are enough nappies in the house to see you through the night or if your MP3 player represents a serious choking hazard.
Nobody ever said being a Dad is easy, but then that’s the problem. Nobody said very much at all. There’s no instruction manual, no step-by-step guide to building the perfect father. You’ve pretty much got to make it up as you go along, discovering what bits fit, and what bits don’t.
That’s where this blog might help you.
Here’s a place you can come and share your own stories, experiences and thoughts about bringing up children. You can be as open and honest as you like (I have it on good authority none of your wives or partners know this blog exists).
If you think becoming a father has made you a better man, then tell us about it. If you catch yourself starting to talk to everyone as though they are a one-year-old, then share it with us.
If you walk around in a sleep-deprived haze barely able to remember your child’s name then we need to know.
Resentful over the fact that you can’t take a leak without leaving the toilet door open? We’re here to commiserate.
You see, you're not alone. These things are happening to millions of Dads all over the world right now.
Like me for example. My name’s Darren Packman, I live in northern Sweden (we’ll get on to that later) and I’ve got two small children of my own – Tom, aged six and Elli, aged four. I’ve also got a wife, Sara, who for some strange reason doesn’t want her age mentioned.
I’ll be posting regular articles about fatherhood over the coming months – so please send in your comments so this blog can grow into a useful resource for other Dads.
If you’ve got an article of your own you’d like me to post, then please send it to me at email@example.com and I’ll do my best to include in on this blog.
They say fatherhood’s the best job in the world. Looks like we’ve got some work to do!