My Daughter Is Training Me to Be a Better Dad

Sometimes I know I’m not being the best dad that I can be for Hannah.

Sometimes I get distracted.

Sometimes I have a sneaky peak at the internet when Hannah wants me to play.

Sometimes I try to feed Hannah stuff that I wouldn’t eat, while I eat something far more tasty and far less healthy.


Fortunately for me, I have a clever daughter. She’s only 11 months old, but she watches. She listens. She observes. She thinks. She knows what’s going on, sometimes far better than I do.


Sometimes, when I’m not being the best dad that I can be for Hannah, she lets me know all about it.

Sometimes, when I get distracted by my grown-up thoughts and worries, Hannah takes me by the hand and pulls me back into her world. Back into the game with the blocks or the ball. Back into the pure enjoyment of the simplest things in life.

Sometimes, when I try to have a sneaky peak at the tablet, Hannah makes a bee-line for the stairs. She knows that as soon as she reaches them, she has my full and undivided attention. She climbs up the first four steps, then turns around to make sure I have followed. She looks at me and smiles. Then she gives a little giggle and takes off up the stairs at full speed, safe in the knowledge that she’s engaged me in yet another game of chases. She reminds me that in a world of breathless, click-bait headlines, happiness will never be found online, but it is most easily found in a squealing, giggling cuddle at the end of a good chase.

Sometimes, when I’m feeding Hannah lentils and green beans while I chow down on some fried chicken, she sticks her tongue out so that all of the food falls off her spoon. She cranes her head to see what is on my plate. She reminds me that she is a little human-being, who is forming opinions, likes and dislikes. She reminds me that I’m a big human being, who should be setting a good example for her. She reminds me that I can easily make food that is both healthy and delicious for both of us.


My baby daughter is training me to be a better dad and for that, I thank her very much.

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12 thoughts on “My Daughter Is Training Me to Be a Better Dad

  • January 27, 2017 at 10:15 pm

    Bless her our children really are clever and know what they are doing #thatfridaylinky

    • January 28, 2017 at 10:02 am

      I love being able to see her thought patterns develop, and how they are becoming increasingly complex. I had never imagined that children under one were capable of such things!

  • January 28, 2017 at 9:23 pm

    A fantastic post yes I believe our children make us better dads mine certaintly have and it starts early as you have found out Thanks for linking to the #THAT FRIDAY LINKY come back next week please

  • January 29, 2017 at 9:00 am

    Good stuff man. I sincerely believe that not only is my daughter making me a better dad, she’s making me a better person #thatfridaylinky

  • January 29, 2017 at 11:28 pm

    As such a sweet post. It’s so easy to get distracted online nowadays. When I look back at my childhood, I remember my parents cooking, gardening, reading the newspaper etc. I think a lot of children growing up now will look back and remember their parents as always being on their phones and laptops. Thanks for linking up to #ThatFridayLinky

    • January 30, 2017 at 6:10 am

      Hi Emily, thanks for dropping by! It would be a shame if that’s how my daughter remember me. I love that she lets me know when I’m slipping into bad habits, so hopefully she has memories of us playing together.

  • January 30, 2017 at 8:39 am

    We live with so many distractions. It’s so important to step away from all of that and just be present for our children. They live in the moment. And I think they can teach us a thing or two about really being mindful. My daughter makes me want to be a better mom, but she also makes me want to be a better person too. #ThatFridayLinky

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