MEET DADDY BLOGGER BRETT HOOKER OF @FIFO.DAD

Almost everyone has heard of a mummy blogger, but more and more dads are jumping on the blogging bandwagon to share their family’s daily lives through the lens of social media. With Father’s Day fast approaching, we reached out to a few of our favourite daddy bloggers to find out how they got started and the lessons they’ve learnt along the way. Meet Brett Hooker from the Instagram account @fifo.dad, a fly-in-fly-out father of two little girls, Lailah and Zaylee.

What inspired you to start the @fifo.dad Instagram account?

Lailah and Zaylee are the inspiration behind my account. I really enjoy spending each and every day when I am home with the girls. Whether it’s chilling in bed and waking up to Zaylee or running around outside playing with Lailah, I love to have these little everyday memories captured and sharing them with other parents. When I started @fifo.dad there were, and still are, a lot of epic accounts out there run by mums, but since becoming a public account I’ve connected with fathers all over the world and I’m enjoying interacting and inspiring other parents are well as gaining a lot of support and inspiration.

What have you discovered through sharing your life via social media?

I’ve discovered we are human and all make mistakes daily with parenting but not to sweat the small stuff because every family with young children goes through the same teething, tantrums and tornado-like behaviour. As long as you make your children smile and feel loved that’s what is really important.

How do you juggle being away for work and being a Dad?

Being away from my children is never a nice or easy feeling, sometimes I miss out on important milestones like Zaylee’s first smile or Lailah learning how to walk for the first time but their mum (Rach) always captures these moments and shares them with me which makes missing them that little bit easier. I am lucky to have a good roster so am only away for a week and home for a week, there’s a lot of other families out there with much longer periods away who I really take my hat off too because after one or two days away from the girls I really miss them and all their laughs, smiles and tantrums.

What have you learnt since becoming a Dad?

I’ve learnt A LOT, but what stands out is that if you want to go to the gym you’ll have to get up at 5.30am and return armed with coffee for your partner in order to avoid the death stare when walking through the door. Also that children require 99.9% of your attention at all times but in return give you an endless amount of love and happiness so it’s 100% worth it.

What’s one thing you wish you knew before being a father?

I wish I knew that toddlers have the ability to scale tables and chairs that look completely out of reach and before you know it they’re on the TV cabinet or bookcase removing every item possible and redecorating the house the way they see fit. For example, Lailah is currently going through a bit of a jealous stage with Zaylee so she likes to take all Zay’s photos from the mantle in the entrance and hide them in other areas of the house never to be seen again.

What does Father’s Day mean to you and your family?

For me Father’s Day isn’t about being fussed over and waited upon by my partner or kids but about taking time to appreciate how lucky I am to have them in my life, because as stereotype as it might sound I’m definitely the lucky one to have them, not vice versa.

How will you be celebrating this Father’s Day?

Waking up to my gorgeous girls, which will mean plenty cuddles from Zaylee and Lailah wanting her yoghurt and snuggles in bed. Hopefully, she’ll oblige to giving me a kiss which is rare (she usually just saves those for Zay nowadays). After that, it’s all a surprise but hopefully, brekkie will be on the cards! ☺️

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One Comment

  1. Carrie longman

    Great story nice to know you help with the good and the bad and bring coffee lol

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