10 Signs He’d Make A Good Father

If you’re planning on spending the rest of your life with your partner, and you’re also planning on becoming a mother one day, then you need to make sure that those two goals line up. Even if your man tells you that he wants children, it doesn’t mean that he’s going to be the greatest father. Luckily, you don’t have to wait until you pop out a baby to see if he would excel at parenting. You can tell by examining the way that he behaves right now.

  1. He’s patient. Before children learn how to talk or walk, they learn how to get on your nerves. A good father won’t lose his cool when his kid cries in the middle of the night, throws a tantrum in a supermarket, or whines about wanting to hear the same story ten times in a row.
  2. He’s responsible. If your man is always late for your dates, then why would he drop off your child at school on time? It’s important for him to be timely, to be mature, and to be professional. That way, he’ll set a good example for your future child.
  3. He’s a kid at heart. Fathers shouldn’t play “the bad guy” constantly. Sometimes, he’ll need to take a break from giving lectures about eating vegetables to play Candy Land or start a tickle fight.
  4. He’s good with his hands. IKEA furniture is tough to put together, but a fabulous father can successfully build a crib or a highchair (even if it takes him a few hours). Then, when the child is a little older, he’ll have to figure out how to put Lego playsets and Barbie houses together.
  5. He’s attentive. If you take your eye off of a child for one second, they could end up covered in dirt or kidnapped. That’s why you need a man who won’t get so distracted by the hot moms at the park that he forgets to watch your bundle of joy.
  6. He doesn’t get grossed out easily. Let’s face it: Babies are disgusting. If your man gets freaked out by getting vomit on his shirt or diarrhea on his fingers, then he’s not going to be much help around a newborn. He can’t be afraid of getting his hands dirty.
  7. He budgets his money. Parenting isn’t all about love. Unfortunately, money has a lot to do with it. If you need to save up for your kid’s college, and your man blows all of his paychecks at the bar, your kid will never attend school. That’s why you need a man who’s good at budgeting.
  8. He’s open-minded. When your kid grows up and tells you that she wants to become a nude model, you can’t yell and scream at her about her poor life decisions. Good parents are open minded, and will love their children unconditionally—even if they don’t turn out exactly the way they wanted.
  9. He’s not afraid to show his emotions. Even though your kid is going to know you love them, it doesn’t hurt to tell them. That’s why you need a man who isn’t afraid to say those three little words, or to give hugs and kisses after a job well done. The more affectionate he is, the better dad he’ll be.
  10. He’s good with children. If any baby that sees your man bursts into laughter, it’s a great sign. If he’s good with other people’s children, then he’s going to be even better with your own baby. A guy like that is destined to be a dad.
Holly Riordan is a writer from Long Island, New York who has authored several science fiction and horror books. A graduate of Stony Brook University, she has spent nearly a decade writing for publications including Thought Catalog, Huffington Post, Teen Vogue, and more. You can find her on Instagram @hollyrio and Twitter @hollyyrio.