Dad to two and famous Kiwi internet father Jordan Watson, of the hilarious ‘How To Dad’ channel, offers up some real, handy advice to new dads. How many kids do you have and what are their ages? Two kids – Mila, four, and Alba, two. What is fatherhood really like, compared to what you expected it to be? Surprisingly good. Well, when they are young. Yes, the lack of sleep is tough but they can’t really run off when they’re babies. I think it’s harder when they start walking. So don’t be in a rush to teach them to walk! I grew up in a small rural town and had pet lambs, calves, chicks and puppies – puppies that would cry out in the middle of the night and you’d have to check on them, feed them some luke-warm porridge, etc. So they set me up pretty well. What have been the most challenging aspects of being a dad, and how have you tackled them? Dad back. Well, bad-dad-back-itis. It’s a real thing. I’m a relatively young dad, but remember, always bend your knees. I’ve had a few back issues because you forget how fast your little baby can become a chubby baby. Always bend your knees. The late nights are tough but it’s team work. Me and the Mrs have a pretty good routine so we share the load when it comes to checking on kids in the middle of the night and who gets the extra bit of sleep in the morning. How did you come up with the idea of ‘How to Dad’? My wife left me at home with Alba when she was four months old. A friend at work had a baby on the way so I thought I’d make an ‘instructional’ video on How to Hold a Baby. I thought he would find it funny. Turned out the whole world liked it and the rest is history. All jokes aside, what advice would you really give to a new father? Don’t stress. Too many parents freak out and panic at the smallest of things. Have fun. Google it. Make it up as you go. Life’s loud, kids are loud. Laugh louder.
Jordan’s tip: Life’s loud, kids are loud. Laugh louder.