SCOTT MITCHELL, 37

The Weekend Post - Cairns Eye - - Front Page -

I’d like to see a chal­leng­ing, but joy­ful and re­ward­ing fu­ture for Maya. Ex­pe­ri­enc­ing what the world has to of­fer sur­rounded by a great group of friends and fam­ily.

A more har­mo­nious world would be ideal. There’s too much neg­a­tiv­ity and ha­tred around the dif­fer­ences we have as na­tions, race and be­liefs. We are all hu­man in the end.

Par­ent­hood has changed me in many ways. It has made me even more driven to pro­vide as you cer­tainly be­come less fo­cused on your own needs. And ‘spare time’. What is that ? I had a sup­port­ive, but def­i­nitely not an overly priv­i­leged child­hood. My par­ents were fair and lov­ing, but life wasn’t handed to me on a plat­ter. So I guess it’s only nat­u­ral to mimic what you’ve ex­pe­ri­enced your­self.

I love ev­ery­thing about be­ing a fa­ther. It’s such a re­ward­ing priv­i­lege to be able to fa­ther a child, the love me­ter def­i­nitely finds a new level. You get to teach and some­what live life a sec­ond time through their new ad­ven­tures.

Pa­tience and hav­ing to re­quire a lot of it! Ha ha.

Re­cently, Me­gan and I went to Bali with Maya and friends, which was a hand­ful, but we are so glad we did it. As Maya gets older, we will go fur­ther, but for now, we’ll keep the trav­el­ling short, but sweet. Some­what yes, but it’s up to Me­gan and I to ed­u­cate Maya on what the plat­form of­fers and not to get caught up in snip­pets of peo­ple’s lives. And there’s al­ways the safety as­pects as well. Once again, ed­u­ca­tion.

If we are for­tu­nate enough, we’d love to have an­other child.

Mostly, fa­ther­hood hasn’t changed a great deal, but with ca­reers these days, it al­lows dif­fer­ent pos­si­bil­i­ties from the typ­i­cal roles of the past.

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