You don’t have forever. Time with your kids is very special, so ensure you start from the first day they are born and go on a journey of becoming a good dad to them. Listen to an inspiring story of a stepfather and his children, or read the transcript below.
Don’t postpone being a better dad
One of the things I’ve learned as a doctor and as a dad is that you just don’t have forever – you can’t postpone being a good dad.
Let me tell you about Tim. Tim was a friend of mine – an Olympic champion, a step-dad of two children and a father of two children – absolutely brilliant dad. He inspired me with the way he spent time with his kids, the way he went camping with them, and even though he was a very busy man – and very busy in his sporting leadership as well as business leadership – always had time for his children and step-children, and they adored him.
With his step children, he was brilliant. He said, “Look, I’m not your dad, I understand that and I’m not trying to compete with your dad. I just want to be your friend,” and he was an inspiration to me.
Sadly, he died a few years ago at the age of 53, but I thought: here’s a man who invested heavily, and all of those children will be the beneficiaries of it.
He didn’t postpone life; he didn’t postpone good fathering and step-fathering; he got stuck into it. So don’t imagine you’ve got forever. Dads get stuck into it now – be a better dad, because you never know how long you’ve got.