Naggy dad, maybe that’s actually a good thing.

David Willans
3 min readApr 30, 2021

My kids are now 9 & 12. A few days ago my eldest told me I was ‘less naggy’ than I used to be.

Is it true? I don’t know and it doesn’t matter because it’s true to my son, and he matters.

Did it hurt? Yes.

I never wanted to be naggy-dad. I have always set out to be a dad they’re proud of and admire and look up to. For a while after my son’s comment, I felt like I’d failed at that ambition. Well, at first I denied it, but not for long because deep-down I knew it was true.