KARL BENNETT, 37
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 …