In the lead up to Father’s Day, we wanted to get to know some of the awesome dads who work at our centre. We asked 14 dads to share their stories with us & now we’re sharing them with you.
We caught up with Fabian from EB Games, Dad of 5.
What’s the best Father’s Day gift that you have received?:
So far, being that the oldest is 7, the best gift I’ve received is their hand drawn cards. Mum usually (helps) do the cards secretly. They’ll draw me up a little card with a picture of the family or whatever they can draw at the time. They end up on the fridge for a couple of months which is cool.
What has surprised you about being a dad?
That is a good question. I suppose the biggest surprise is how naturally it ends up coming to you. So you’re scared of your life changing when you do have kids, but it actually changes in a very positive way & then you naturally fall into a role. It’s a very enjoyable one & it’s very fulfilling as well.
What is your best piece of parenting advice?
I’ve received it, but I also give it out, it was from my father. He taught me that if you want to play where others can’t, you’ve got to do what others won’t. And turn your shoulds into musts & everything would flow from there. So I try & live by that.
What are your biggest hopes for your kids?
My biggest hopes for my kids is that they go on to have large families themselves. That they find their place in life & do what they enjoy. Whatever that ends up being, so I just want to support them in whatever direction they want to take.
Who’s a dad that you admire?
Tony Robbins. He would be someone that I admire as far as a father figure goes. That’d just be because of his motivation & the way that he keeps himself motivated. I feel that’s a core thing for a family. For the father to be self-motivated, help motivate the family to pursue whatever goals they’re trying to pursue as a team.