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I think ev­ery par­ent would just want their child to be healthy and happy in what­ever they wanted to do. Hope­fully she trav­els and sees the world. Also, for her to be rich enough to sup­port her mother and my­self through a com­fort­able re­tire­ment!

For her to be free to make her own choices. To have cures for all the ma­jor dis­eases. Free of con­flict.

It’s some­thing you can only fully un­der­stand once it hap­pens to you. And my Dad jokes are so much bet­ter these days! A piece of fried ba­con and a poached egg walk into a bar. The bar­tender says: “Sorry guys, we don’t serve break­fast here”. I had a great child­hood, lots of neigh­bour­hood friends, al­ways out on our bikes, play­ing cricket, foot­ball, mak­ing go karts, ex­plor­ing lo­cal parks and creeks. Look­ing back, free­dom, but with bound­aries. That’s def­i­nitely an im­por­tant thing for me to pass on — be cau­tious, but have fun and be a kid.

The Fa­ther’s Day presents! See­ing them work some­thing out or achieve some­thing dif­fi­cult for them­selves brings an amaz­ing sat­is­fac­tion, just shar­ing lit­tle jokes with them and gen­er­ally see­ing them be happy, smil­ing, laugh­ing — that’s the best feel­ing in the world.

See­ing other par­ents abuse or take ad­van­tage of their kids or don’t give them the best start that they can. All kids de­serve a lov­ing and sup­port­ive place where they feel safe at home.

We’ve been pretty lucky so far. We are driv­ing with our three­year-old to Kingscliff, NSW, in around a month’s time, so the plan will be to just load up the iPad with Wal­lykazam and Peter Rab­bit to kill time and try our best to play games and keep her oc­cu­pied, so she isn’t on the de­vice for the whole day. Def­i­nitely. I’ve coached kids in foot­ball for many years and watched par­ents try dif­fer­ent things to man­age it. There is no per­fect way. And it’s al­ways evolv­ing. All you can hope is that you give your child enough tools to be a good per­son and to recog­nise that isn’t the real world.

I have just one and I’ve had to watch my wife go through a lot to just have her. I am happy and thank­ful with what I’ve got.

I think there is more ex­pec­ta­tion to be more hands-on, which is great. There is less and less de­fined ‘Mum’ things and ‘Dad’ things to do. I never had any prob­lems chang­ing a nappy or clean­ing up mess. Well, there was this one time …

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