Sunday, 4 June 2017

Dads Hall of Fame 06 - Antony Church

Every Month we bring you one of our outstanding members from the Badass Dad Clan to go down in history as a damn good dad in our Hall of Fame, This month we caught up with Antony to hear his answers

Badass Dad Antony with Fiancee Hollie

You have become officially known as the biggest beard in the Badass Dad Clan, but who really is this Bearded Wonder?

I'm Antony, I'm from Hull, I'm engaged to be married to my incredible other half Hollie and father to Zeke. For a living I run a software consulting business, I have been programming and dicking around with computers for over ten years. When I'm not at my desk I play a lot of Ice and Roller hockey for a few of our local teams, I've been playing since I was 7 or 8 years old and it's a huge family sport.

What is your favourite father/child activity or hobby?

Zeke is only just turning two and just likes to cause havoc, but my favourite activity with him is when we play knee hockey, having played hockey pretty much all of my life it's great to introduce him to the game. I think his favourite thing to do with me is playing rough.

Badass Dad Antony and his Kickass Kid Zeke

What would you say is the greatest challenge of being a father?

The greatest challenge I have found about being a parent is patience. I have always been super patient but Zeke seems to know how to use all of that up in a split second. Luckily I have a really good role model myself because my dad is amazing (don't tell him I said that) and one of my best friends.

Knowing what you know now, is there anything you would do differently as a parent?

Until Zeke was just over one year old we lived in a flat with no garden. Looking back we should have moved somewhere with a garden much sooner, but we got caught with Zeke the week we moved into the flat. Now we live in a house with a garden and end up spending hours in it just running around.

Zeke and Hollie

What is your most treasured moment with your child so far?

My most treasured moment with Zeke was when he took his first steps without holding onto anything, I remember it like it was yesterday. He was sofa surfing for a month or so, then one night I knelt down at the other side of the rug he was on and convinced him to potter over to me. I know I'll never forget it, I've never been so proud of something in my life.

What advice would you give to new first time fathers?

My advice to first time fathers is try and take every minute of it in, because they learn a million new things every day and before you know it they are stringing sentences together and causing all sorts of trouble you can't even imagine.

Zeke and the Gruffalo

What do you have to say about Badass Dad Clan?

Badass Dad Clan is an awesome group of dads, it's so awesome to see that there are tones of other dads doing a good job and actually caring. It's awesome to know you're not the only one.

Zeke Climbing Mount Dad

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