For our latest Dads Hall of Fame we caught up with Badass Dad Scott Brannigan to hear what he has to say about his experience of Fatherhood
Tell our audience a little about who you are, what you do and your family?
My names Scott, I'm 32, very nearly 33, but well and truly don't feel it. I'm the Technical Sales Manage for a company that designs and manufactures water treatment equipment. My family are everything to me, the OH and I actually dated when we were in our late teens, but went our separate ways, I went on to get married that lasted 9 months, she went on to get engaged, but never materialised, then from a like and smileyface or two on Facebook we went for a date ten years later and the rest as you say is history. My son Michael, named after my father and grandfather which also would've been my name if my mom didn't dislike my dad so much, is amazing, every day he does something else that amazes me, brings a tear to my eye and a lump in throat.
What is your favourite father/child activity or hobby?
Bathtime, it's the only time of the day after working and everything else, that it's just me and him and I cherish it so very, very much and we make a right old mess as well.
What would you say is the greatest challenge of being a father?
The pressure to carry everything, the wellbeing of your OH, the wellbeing of your child, making sure the bills are paid and there's a roof over your head and sometimes the extent of this burden (and I hate to use that word, because my family are not a burden, they're a fucking treasure) gets a little overlooked and in all fairness expected.
Knowing what you know now, is there anything you would do differently as a parent?
I would make a lot more time for my other half and remind her more often that she's a woman and not just a mother.
What is your most treasured moment with your child/children so far?
When I came home from work one day when Michael was very young, opened the front door said I'm home as I always do to be met with a huge smile, sparkling eyes and arms out, still makes me cry thinking about it
What advice would you give to new first time fathers?
It's OK to be scared, but the love you will have that will grow inside you will make you stronger and braver and more dependable and more gentle and more understanding, that little human will make you you a better person.
What do you have to say about Badass Dad Clan?
It's not widely considered that men, traditional men, have to vent or express their feelings, however from first hand experience, not venting, expressing, letting things out, is a very bad thing, so having an outlet of like minded individuals, where you can say what you want without judgement is invaluable.
It's been awesome hearing from Scott, if you are not already a member head on over to the Badass Dad Clan Facebook Group