Father’s Day Special: Signs he will be a good dad

My brother and his wife meet up everyday after work and go home together. When they get home their little girl is always waiting by the door and when the door opens, she looks at her mommy and smiles and then tries to find her daddy (who is always hiding behind mommy) and when she spots him she starts jumping up and down, dives into her daddy’s arms… and that is when her day will have begun.

My brothers are assigned diaper duty every now and they do it without complaining. Who knew those knuckle heads (I love them so much BTW) would turn out to be such great dads? I mean, when I was a baby one of my brothers would drop me every now and then (sometimes intentionally). I have witnessed their kids throw tantrums like crazy because they want to be dressed by daddy or call on daddy after they’ve done potty. In my head I’m always like “Awww…are you sure you are the same people who would feed me ice cream when it was zero degrees outside?”

Anyway, I tried to find out from the women in my life (who are all mothers) to help me come up with a list of potential good dads and they all agreed on the following….

So, a guy will make a good dad if:

#He treats his mother, his wife, his younger siblings (yes, in that particular order) well.

Treating somebody well means that you respect them. A man who cares for his mother such that he doesn’t mind running errands for her, visits her every now and then and calls her at least once in two days shows that he has respect for the woman who brought him into the world and this shows that he will be a caring responsible father in the future as he will have helped bring another human being into the world.

Also how he treats his wife and younger siblings will go to show how he values family.

#A million slime balls is what it will take to gross him out

Dealing with babies is like a full time job and that babies are ever messy doesn’t help the situation. There are soiled diapers to be changed every so often, vomit to clean and which sometimes will get on your favorite shirt…it can be a testing time. But because you are not easily grossed out will help a lot. That kind of job is not for the faint at heart.

#He is selfless

Once children come you know the focus of attention will change. No more ‘you’ coming first anymore, but the little ones take the first priority slot. If your man does things for others out of his own good will then that’s a potential good father right there. If he is always caring about other people’s children by making small things right  like making sure they are not playing in the middle of a busy street or are playing a dangerous game or with dangerous toys… He could just look away and walk on you know, but making sure the kids are safe makes him happy.

Also if he is a good planner and thinks about you as his significant other and his family in everything he does then he is on the right track to being a great dad.

#He is a great uncle

A man who loves his nephews and nieces is on the right track to becoming a good dad some day in the future. Nephews and nieces are part of the family hence they give you a sneak peek into having your own little ones.

If he is a hands on uncle and he loves the little nephews and nieces and is proud to be their uncle such that their photos are all over his social media pages and the little ones think he’s just the coolest uncle on earth (In fact they think he’s so cool that they call him “uncle dad”)…that one right there will make an awesome dad.

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  1. Avatar Juma July 13th, 2012 at 11:59 am

    Maybe just a correction, its not guaranteed that a loving husband/boyfriend will make a good father, or vice versa.

    1. Avatar Ann Irungu July 15th, 2012 at 6:31 am

      I agree Juma,..same way that NOT all Great DADs / Fathers Make Good Husbands….talk of twisted scenarios why can’t things just simply balance out !!!!!!!

  2. Avatar ndoloh July 13th, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    Lovely article….but wrong choice of photos

  3. Avatar Carolynar July 13th, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    There are those who respect their mums en all but still end up being the worst dads!

    1. Avatar Dads House Ed Center July 25th, 2012 at 2:52 pm

      That is because they have frequently been raised by a single mother who denied the father access to the child, or did not know who the father was. In the 80s and early 90s, 60% of divorced fathers were denied access to their children by gatekeeper mothers. Those boys grew up believing that a father was unimportant as “A Village Can Raise A Child”.

  4. Avatar Naomi July 13th, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    Nope , don’t think so. My DH showed none of this qualities but he makes the awesomest dad now….

    1. Avatar Naomi July 13th, 2012 at 5:32 pm

      well, I didnt mean none…I meant had few of the qualities…. 😀

  5. Avatar Saliva Vic July 31st, 2012 at 9:15 am

    Dang! I guess fatherhood isn’t in the cards for me. I’m a goofball but none of the rest.


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