Role Model – A Fatherhood Legacy Story

By Soumya of Yokine

What do you want your children to remember of you?

I would like my daughter to remember me as her best friend and role model.

What do you remember of your father?

I distinctly remember my father being an occasional smoker. When I got through to University for my Engineering study, he quit smoking in a single day, never to touch it again. Later on, I came to know that he wanted to set a personal example. As I was entering University, so chances would be that I would start smoking due to peer-pressure. But, he set an example and that inspired me a lot. Till today (39 years), I did not touch a cigarette in my life, in order to respect him.

In the early 80s, there was not much scope of playing table-tennis in India. He used to teach me table-tennis on our dining table and later on when I started playing better, he put me under a coach. I went on to play for my state at the National levels. I shall always remember my Dad as a perfect role model for me.

Sign up for practical tips

Get tips delivered straight to your inbox once a week

Tips:

Benefits of being a dad

You will almost certainly benefit from being an involved and committed father/father figure.

Tips:

Count the cost of living unbalanced

Living unbalanced may earn you more money but there are other 'costs' to take into account.