This piece is brought to you by Karicare Toddler but is all my own story and words.
He was tiny and perfect and still is, just with an added hint of cheekiness now.
For the first year of his life I was his main squeeze, his obsession, his one true love but then he dropped me like a bag of rotten old potatoes for his old man.
To start with I thought it was cute, the way he would cling onto Sam’s leg like a little monkey, gaze at him like a somewhat creepy lover watching him shave and giggle uncontrollably when Sam would do something as little as say ‘boo’.
I thought it would be a bit of a phase and soon my babies’ love-heart eyes would gaze back to me, but no luck. Two years down the track and no-one lights up that little guys’ life like his dad.
I often remind Arlo of the fact that I grew him inside of my body but apparently three-year old’s can’t quite comprehend that. Maybe they have more important things to do like eating bugs or building forts!
I am such a desperado for his attention, but I don’t have a beard or answer to the name Dad so I am chopped liver.
My folks separated when I was about five and my sister and I lived with my mum, and although we would still see my dad, I didn’t grow up with that every day contact or a really strong bond with him, so even though sometimes my heart pangs a little when Arlo chooses his dad over me, it’s the most special relationship. One that I envy and totally encourage.
My boys are growing up with a Dad that worships the ground they (and I) walk on.
They are already learning respect, kindness, compassion, sensitivity, how to be gentle and also how to have a ridiculous amount of fun from their dad.
I never love or find Sam more attractive than when he’s mucking around being a bigger kid than our boys.
Besides, I know my kids will be more than okay, because they truly have the best dad in Sam. (Not biased at all).
Karicare Toddler are looking for Australia’s Gentlest Dad and annoyingly they said I can’t enter but YOU can and YOU totally should.
If the dad in your life is rather bloody fab then head to gentlefeelsgood.com and upload a photo of him showing his gentle side, or you could upload the pic to Instagram with the hashtag #GENTLESTDAD.
You’d be mad not to because you could win a $5,000 photo shoot of you and your family and appear in Woman’s Day this Fathers’ Day – T&Cs apply.
Yowsa, the pics you get from the photo shoot with be next level special, just like the old man who helped you win it.