Dad jokes are part and parcel of fatherhood. They're literally in the name. So comedian Andrew Barnett really picked the right profession when it came to living up to expectation when he became a dad.
The father of two boys, comedian and MC shares the five things he's learnt since becoming a dad - and how laughter, tears and farts are all part of the gig.
1. What is your favourite thing about being a dad?
Hearing all the crazy theories and questions my kids have about how the world works. They think about things completely differently. It’s very entertaining and occasionally enlightening.
2. What’s your favourite thing to do with your sons?
Have a “boys night”. Occasionally there will be a night where my wife is out and I am home alone with the boys. This is our chance to watch a movie that she wouldn’t like, eat pizza and make burp and fart jokes. It’s the best.
3. What is the thing you miss most about life before you became a father?
Being able to do things on short notice without planning. Go for a feed with a friend, go watch a movie on a whim, take my wife out for dinner “just because”. Even just leaving the house without having to organise anyone else.
4. What has been the biggest surprise for you about being a parent?
My capacity to keep taking more on and do more. I thought I was busy before kids. Then we had one child and I couldn’t believe I ever thought I was busy before kids. Then we had another child and I couldn’t believe I ever thought I was busy with one kid. We are not having any more kids, I don’t care to find out how busy I could actually get.
5. What does 'me time' look like for you?
Anything where I can tune out and not talk to anyone. Where I can listen to music or a podcast and just let my mind wander. It could be mowing the lawns, going for a run or even just sitting on public transport, I’ll take it where I can get it.
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