That's what fatherhood is about. That's all any of us dads want to be.
One day I realised I wasn't being a great dad. I wasn't even close. It was one grey winter's day in 2014. I was rushing my 3 and 5 year old sons out the house to nursery and school. I was a consultant working for big blue chip clients and had a big work meeting that morning, and a train that couldn't be missed. The kids were taking ages, as kids do.
I got angry.
Bellowed at them. Manhandled them into their coats and shoes, picking them up and plonking them down outside. They zoomed off happily on their scooters, I was seething.
Then I caught myself.
I was an angry dad. A dad I never, ever wanted to be. In that moment I promised myself and them I'd be better. I'd be the best dad I could be.
But what does it mean to be a great dad?
That's what Being Dads is finding out. Of course there's no universal truth, but there are threads we can follow, ideas we can put into practice and practices we can repeat, getting better each time.
It's been a great journey so far. I've spoken to some incredible men who have done something interesting in life, because I've found that's a good proxy for them having a different perspective on fatherhood, one we can all learn from. I also now run workshops for big City firms on fatherhood with Parent & Professional and am talking at the Being a Man festival.
If you want to be involved, or have any comments, please get in touch - david - at - davidwillans.com.