What’s Good and Bad about Dad

A few years ago I was a single mother and my daughter was being raised without a father. Fast forward three years and you would never have guessed that Sylvia and my husband John had ever lived apart. They have a tight bond and love each other like crazy. John is an amazing step father and it’s as if he had always been here from the start.

good and bad

Last week, I had an interesting conversation with my daughter. We discussed what the best things about having a Dad living with us and then the worst. I found my daughter’s answers interesting and funny and decided to share this as a blog post. So here is my daughter’s list:

What’s Good and Bad about Dad


“The best thing about dad is that he loves me.”

“He is a Tickle Monster and tickles me when we go to the Supermarket.”

“He built me a huge dolls house.”

“Dad let me have two dogs”

“He takes me to Ballet every week.”


The not so good:

“He Trumps”

“He does stinky Poos”

“He snores really loud”

“He’s grumpy when he’s tired”

“We always need the toilet at the same time.”


I thought my daughter’s answers were both heart warming and hilarious and. It’s funny all the good things were the things my husband does for Sylvia and the things she appreciates and all the bad are typical men type things. So this is my daughter’s list.

At the end of the day, My hubby is a sweetheart and a brilliant father and I’m so pleased he is a part of mine and our daughter’s life. John is an amazing dad and it’s great having him around.

I shared with permission. I wonder what your child would answer if you did the same quiz?




  1. Aww! How sweet….My fella isn’t my eldest girls dad either and I think she would give some of the same answers especially the trumping, snoring and stinky poo bits….hehehe

  2. Brilliant, I genuinely laughed out loud at her ‘not so good’ list! So lovely that they’ve formed such a close bond and relationship. x #Candidcuddles

  3. Awww it’s a gorgeous post. My step dad has always been there for me from an early age and still is today. We have a special bond even through his smelly feet and snoring, plus grumpy when hungry!

  4. What a lovely post and a beautiful quote too! She sound so cute with her answers. I think my kids would give me the same answers as well. Their dad are their tickle monsters, he snores and get grumpy too. By the way, thank you for linking up with #candidcuddles this week.

    1. Thanks. It is a true quote! Well I’d like to hope so. My daughter spent the first few years of her life not knowing or having a father figure in her life so we are blessed to have John!

  5. This is so sweet. love the innocence and honesty of children. Love “lets me have two dogs”
    it great they have such a close relationship. So great to have you link up with candid Cuddles again!

  6. ‘Tickle Monster is a game that’ll stay with me forever. We played it loads when my kids were really young and now they’re growing it’s not so often. It goes so quickly and I’ll miss it when no-one wants to play anymore.

    1. Ha ha! I had not heard of the tickle monster until i met my hubby. I think my dad was not much of a physical person but my daughter loves the tickle monster! lol

  7. Bless her.
    And she is soooo right!! And when she is older her answers will probably be the same. She is on the same wavelength as me that’s for sure!!
    Love post.xx

  8. Aww that is cute isn’t it. I think Dads do more physical play with the kids which is great and I love the tickle monster phrase. I think my children would probably say something similar about their father when it comes to snoring loudly and being grumpy when tired! xx

  9. I love this Angela – will have to ask Jessica the same questions and see what her responses are. Sylvia certainly picked the most important thing first when sharing the good about John – that he loves her and the Tickle Monster bit made me laugh. I have to agree that the not-so-good things are typical men-type things – especially the trumping and snoring! I think we can all be guilty of being grumpy when tired though. Thanks for linking up to #ftmob 🙂

  10. That’s really sweet. Everything she said in the positives is lovely, and the negatives are not that bad. Sounds like he’s doing a great job 🙂

  11. Ah this is so lovely, it always makes me so happy when I read of an amazing step parent xx #ftmob

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