Objective: In this study, the author aimed to explore the meaning of fathers’ parenting experience by interviewing and analyzing their experience qualitatively.
Methods: Ten fathers who had infants or young children participated in this study. The data were collected from individual in-depth interviews of the fathers and were analyzed in accordance with the Colaizzi s phenomenology analysis procedure.
Results: As a result of analysis, the parenting experience of the fathers could be summarized into 42 themes and the themes were categorized into 7 clusters. The clusters could be categorized again into two categories; ‘the rebirth of the daddy and ‘the reality of the daddy . And each of the 4 and 3 clusters were included into each category.
Conclusion/Implications: The results of this study revealed the real features of fathers who had infants or young children, and are expected to be used as supporting materials or intervention for fathers who are trying to become good fathers.