For this installment of Fantastic Fathers we have Michael Taylor. Its a great interview so be sure to read!


Michael Taylor, I live in Antrim born and bred, currently and I have been for the last ten years been a Nursing Assistant in Mental Health setting.

JamesyNI: So Michael firstly how many Kids have you got at the moment?

Michael: I currently have a two year old son Isaac and planning to have another one in the near future, so just him at the minute.


JamesyNI: Is being a dad something that you have always wanted to happen?

Michael: Yes I have always wanted a family, not too big just a small family to enjoy time together and see them grow in to adults that can make me a proud father.


JamesyNI: Everyone reacts differently when they are told they are having a child, what was your reaction and how did you feel about it?

Michael: I was over the moon to think that soon I was to be a dad and I can impart my knowledge and give them all the love I have to give and watch my son/daughter grow and know I helped them do that.


JamesyNI: And how did this change when your children were born?

Michael: I found it brought my friends and  family closer, it also had it downsides sleepless nights, the FEAR that you were doing something wrong what cry meant what  Should I call the on call doctor? Why is his cheeks so red? Why is he running a temperature? Am I winding him properly so many things Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! Lol.

JamesyNI: We all have moments where the children just make you laugh, what are some of the funniest moments to happen for you?

Michael: The first time he danced was hilarious, I was flick through the music channels and when a rock tune came on he started to rock his head to the tune. It was also funny when I was watch the football he was transfixed he couldn’t take his eyes of the screen, more watching the ball fly about the pitch rather than taking note of the teams lol.

JamesyNI: Being a dad can have its ups and downs, but what are some of the most rewarding moments you have had as a dad?

Michael: When your son looks into your eyes and snuggles into you just letting you know your doing a good job and everything’s ok, When he starts to mimic your little ways and knows how to cheer you up or completely frustrate you lol.

JamesyNI: We all want our children to have the best future, what are your aspirations for them growing up?

Michael: I want them to be happy and healthy, stay away from trouble and grow up with a good set of friends like I did, to be an individual not get caught up in the worlds craziness and one day have a family of their own.


JamesyNI: Finally, every New and Existing dad can benefit from some advice, are there any words of wisdom you can share with us?

Michael: Don’t blame every crying spell on their teeth they can be monsters at times with no rhythm or reason, discipline from an early age is a good road to follow with every child you have the naughty might or step works wonders, show them love and they will return it ten fold and last but by no means least do not I repeat do not believe everything you read on google your common sense is the best tool you can use.

Michael Taylor

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JamesyNI: So Ronan firstly how many Kids have you got at the moment?

Ronan: I have 2 amazing, beautiful daughters aged 4 and 1.  Who are both wonderful and stressful in equal measure lol


JamesyNI: Is being a dad something that you have always wanted to happen?

Ronan: For as long as I can remember, being a Dad has always been the main thing I wanted to achieve in life.  I’ve always seen it as the most rewarding thing in life.


JamesyNI: Everyone reacts differently when they are told they are having a child, what was your reaction and how did you feel about it?

Ronan: Initially I didn’t believe it.  My wife and I had been trying for a while and didn’t think it would ever happen as we both had issues that made it difficult for us to conceive.  She didn’t even tell me she thought she might be pregnant, and done a test first thing in the morning and came to me with the positive test to tell me.  I suppose when you want something so much in life, and with setbacks when it actually happens you can’t quite believe it.  We went through about 8 tests for it to finally sink in lol


JamesyNI: And how did this change when your children were born?

Ronan: I was an absolute emotional wreck, but trying (and failing) to keep it together in the labour room lol They were 2 of the happiest days of my life.  During the labour I felt awkwardly in the way, wherever I stood I was always in the way but the midwives were amazing and also the overwhelming sense of love, pride and astonishment of how my wife had coped with the whole thing all finally got to me and I cried my eyes out both times lol

JamesyNI: We all have moments where the children just make you laugh, what are some of the funniest moments to happen for you?

Ronan: There are so many, from a personal perspective everything from being completely exhausted and finding things being put away in the most random of places like rolls of binbags in the fridge.  When it comes to the funniest things with my eldest girl has to be her 4th birthday party we had at home, and everyone had to dress as their favourite Disney princess and this had to include her Mum and I.  So there I was answering the door to all her friends and parents dressed as Ana from Frozen (but I looked good in that dress lol)

JamesyNI: Being a dad can have its ups and downs, but what are some of the most rewarding moments you have had as a dad?

Ronan: Obviously seeing them crawl, walk, speak and all those wee milestones are such momentous occasions, but the small things like hearing them giggle with laughter, seeing their wee personalities develop and when they start learning to do things from you, or copying you (even though they have no idea what or why they are doing it), just kills me every time.

JamesyNI: We all want our children to have the best future, what are your aspirations for them growing up?

Ronan: Obviously I want my girls to get a good education, have a good career and a stable life surrounded by good friends and family.  I hope they enjoy travelling, experiencing things in life that people dream about and that they follow their dreams and never settle.  As long as they are happy in life that is really what its all about.


JamesyNI: Finally, every New and Existing dad can benefit from some advice, are there any words of wisdom you can share with us?

Ronan: There is no rule book, there is no right or wrong, there is only doing your best.  Many friends have spoken to me during their journey into parenthood, that they were worried they would never be able to manage being a parent according to these books they had been reading.  The only advice I can give is take each day as it comes, deal with each challenge as it arises and don’t stress about things that may never happen.  Tell your children you love them every day, kiss them, hug them and cuddle them as much as possible because before you know it they will be all grown up and out with their friends, make the most of every day, don’t mistake presents for presence all your child needs is love and support, everything else will work itself out.  Oh and never forget that even although your new baby may take up a lot of your time, don’t forget to make time for you (and your partner), being the best parent, doesn’t always mean putting yourself last J

Ronan Gilloway

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