“My dad drunk a lot. Whenever he was drinking I couldn’t sleep cause I was anxious, I knew the effects on him. My mum would have to leave sometimes after arguing with my old man and we wouldn’t see her till the next day. I grew up really angry. In my late teens I started having panic attacks, but I didn’t know what they were, thought they were heart attacks. I have been through a lot of counselling and that has helped me see what kind of dad I want to be. I want to be present. I want to be that dad who knows how to say sorry, to hug and to kiss my children. Things that I never got when I was young. As an adult I love my dad so much, but as a dad myself I want to use what I went through and do things differently.”

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