Committed dads benefit personally

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).

Activities:

Camping with your children can be an adventure

Sometimes things go wrong when camping. Consider these events as stories to be handed down in family folklore, and enjoy this time spent with your kids.

Tips:

Look for opportunities to be involved

Teachable moments happen regularly. Be on the lookout for these opportunities and take advantage.