Tracey and Bruce Devereaux with children Grace, Joshua, Molly, Sophie, Emily.
Tracey and Bruce Devereaux with children Grace, Joshua, Molly, Sophie, Emily. Patrick Woods

What makes a great Dad?

In light of nominations opening for the Queensland Father of the Year 2016 we asked Gympie's favourite stay-at-home dad and daddy blogger Bruce Devereaux of Big family Little Income what makes a great Dad.

Here is his response:

What makes a great Dad?

1. Showing your kids how much you love their mum. She's not some sort of low ranking staff member with dubious benefits.

2. Letting your kids know you'll love them no matter who or what they love - be it man, woman or a house full of chipped porcelain cats.

3. Giving them the opportunities to experience different things. With your help they might find a life long love of football, debating, chess, BMX, pottery or baking. Hopefully baking. There'll be cake.

4. Introducing them to the outdoors. Going to the beach, bushwalking, camping or even gardening. Anything so they feel a connection with this great big planet. Nothing soothes a soul like nature. Or quality alcohol, but they'll learn that themselves when they're adults.

Young dad teaching his little son to swim indoors
Young dad teaching his little son to swim indoors romrodinka

 

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5. Discussing current events and asking and respecting their opinions. Start to encourage independent thought, analyzing facts and having a healthy dose of skepticism or they'll buy everything they see on the shopping channel.

6. Listening when they have something to say. Everyone likes to feel their voice matters. I know most of what they say is dribble, but here's a spot of reality for you - most of what you say is dribble too.

7. Showing affection. A hug is worth more than an electronic device. No kid is going to let you live in their spare room when you're old and smelly because you bought them a mobile at high school.

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8. Teaching by talking. It's easy to yell, but rather than teaching them to do what you want it more often just teachers them to yell. In any case, it's scarier to whisper.

9. Never ever letting your kids catch you having sex. Never. Showing your kids how much you love their mum doesn't mean accidentally actually showing them. A kiss will suffice. A hug. And take precautions - if your bedroom door doesn't have a lock, buy a door stop.

For more Dad-related fun check out Big Family Little Income. 

Bruce Devereaux who is giving up his bank job to go full time on his daddy blog and to be a Stay At Home Dad.Photo Patrick Woods / Gympie Times
Bruce Devereaux who is giving up his bank job to go full time on his daddy blog and to be a Stay At Home Dad.Photo Patrick Woods / Gympie Times Patrick Woods
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