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.

Tips:

Review why you are FIFO

Working FIFO has both costs and rewards. Review your situation at least annually to see if it remains the optimal situation for you and your family.

Activities:

Join or start a dads’ group at school or work

Dads’ groups are a great way for dads to get to know other dads, to organise and run group activities to have fun with their kids, and to share experiences and compare notes on being dads.