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 Warren from Century 21, dad of 2.
What’s the best Father’s Day gift that you have received?:
Well the best Father’s Day gift would be my 2 daughters. Obviously spending your first Father’s Day with your new daughter is a special moment, you can’t talk a lot with each other but it’s a great day to bring family together. Being a father of a newborn baby is just beautiful. I’m not after presents, it’s quality time spent with them that’s more important. I’d rather spend the day with them, go out, rather than them give me something. You’ve only got limited time.
What has surprised you about being a dad?
I guess it would be, having the 4 month old daughter & having the 24 year old daughter, the 4 month old has really brought the family together. And seeing my older daughter, how much she loves her, connects with her is really special as well. So I guess, just being a dad, being a parent, your focus, your existence is really about your kids. Looking after them & giving them the best that you can. Your whole focus in life does change. So I had to grow up a lot the first time & now being a parent again, it’s great.
What’s your biggest hope for your daughters?
I want them to follow their heart, to take some risks in life & just to be happy at the end of the day. They don’t have to be in a particular field, they don’t have to be somebody else, I just want them to the be the best they can be.
The best piece of parenting advice that you’d give?
That if my daughters ever felt lost or overwhelmed, stressed or can’t handle a situation I want our communication to be open & they can tell me anything. I’ve always told my older daughter she can talk to me about anything, you know we can get through anything. Anything can be solved with great communication & she’s just got to let us know if there’s anything that she needs help with, we’re here to support her.
Do you have a good Dad joke?
I’m not good a jokes, but it’s probably more being a little bit crazy. My silliness starts to come out around my daughters & I can act a little bit silly in front of them, when no one is around, nobody else will ever see it. It’s good to have that connection, where you can muck around & have fun. They bring out the child within. It’d be embarrassing if other people saw it.