Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Dads Hall of Fame - 07 - Mike Appleton

This month we're joined by another one of our amazing Badass Dad Clan members for the monthly BDC showcase, lets get to know our buddy Mike a little better

Badass Dad Mike

Tell us more about Mike

So I'm Mike, I've got one little monster, Max, who is almost 3 with my wife Amy, I'm a stay at home Dad during the week at present and then work as a HCA at the weekends giving support to people with disabilities, stroke victims and everything in between right up to end of life support

What is your favourite father/child activity or hobby?

Quite honestly any activity where I can see Max is having fun and smiling! Most typically this involves him trying to wrestle me to the ground or getting me to chase him round the garden! He also loves it when I take him to the zoo just the two of us

Max in his natural habitat

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

Being confident that you are doing a good job - that's always a hard one for me, especially when I have to lay down the law (he's a right cheeky bugger at times) and can often come away feeling like I'm the worst person in the world for having to tell him off but it's all part of the learning process for both of us

Mike and Max

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

Not worry so much, especially in the early stages, kids are pretty damn tough, but they're gonna get sick, and they're gonna scrape their knees and they're gonna eat worms and mud and sometimes you just have to roll with that

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

So, so many! Most recently we all went to a wedding that was a 3 day affair, so 2 night's away from home and he was an absolute star, charming to every single person there and genuinely made me proud to be his Dad!

Mike and Max

What advice would you give to new first time fathers?

Just take every day as it comes, nothing is going to go exactly to plan but that's fine because kids aren't an exact science!

Max

What do you have to say about Badass Dad Clan?

It's fantastic, sometimes as a Dad you start to feel out of touch with everyone else but it's shown me that really isn't the case, and it's just down to having people around you that understand what becoming a Dad means

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