Being a committed father pays off exponentially in the long run. Read what these dads have to say about their grown up children:
- “Our three children gave us a huge amount of pleasure and joy. They didn’t give us too many problems. Seeing them grow up, seeing where they are now, gives me a great sense of satisfaction. They’ve grown up level-headed and have met very nice partners. I love being around them. I really do like being around them. I work with the two boys. Suzie’s not here and lives in Melbourne, which is great for her but it’s a bit of a shame for me. Really I talk to the kids like friends, not as children.” – Brian Edwards, physiotherapist, pilot and vigneron.
- “I guess partly because I was a single parent for so many years I am close to my children. My son lives in Melbourne and our daughter is studying at the Academy of Performing Arts in Western Australia. She is very creative, artistic and a free spirit. It’s taken her a while to find her niche but she’s found it through music and performing arts. I am really proud of my son’s independence. He went out straight after school and got a job, did tennis coaching and then took mature age exams for university entrance and has completed a degree in his late twenties. He has a good job now working in Melbourne in banking, and I have no hesitation in ringing him for my own personal financial advice. I love being able to do that.” – Richard Court, former Premier of Western Australia.
- “Fathers should recognise that fathering provides the most enduring pleasure and the most enduring rewards, other than love for your wife. The rest is just play-acting. Hobbies will never do it for you, nor will work. Make fathering your passion outside your work, because it will be a rich reward for you for the rest of your life.” – Ian Constable, founder, Lions Eye Institute.
- “No, there is not a lot that I think I’d do over again. It probably sounds like a terrible thing to say, but I don’t actually regret anything that I’ve done with the children. As far as I can see I haven’t left anything out. I was always there for them. Actually, to be perfectly honest, I think it was as much for me as for them. They were my lifeline – in some ways I was more dependent on them than they were on me. They were the family I never had.” – Brian Edwards, physiotherapist, pilot and vigneron.
- “One of the things I like about parenting is that it produces a nice little twist in life: that is, you put a lot of effort in but you get huge satisfaction back from your children as they mature into adults.” – Richard Court, former premier of Western Australia.
- “Being Premier of the state is hard work, but without a doubt the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life is parenting. But seeing them now makes it all worthwhile. We are very close.” – Richard Court, former premier of Western Australia (in 2000).