Rob McKinnon is a father of two, a 7 and 6 year old daughters. Rob is married to a telecommunications executive and balances this family with a career as an engineer within the communications industry. Rob and his wife understand balance and work between their holiday home in Angelsea and their house in Melbourne.
A laid back interview. A slow start but gets going toward the middle.
Key Points of Interview
Type of Dad
Is contextual – you learn so much about yourself. You need to be able to change and flex with the circumstances.
What struggles did you have with the transition and a time where you may have felt like you messed up?
No real struggle.
The big challenge is yet to come when you have to release control and allow them to be independent when they get older.
Need to instil good values so that they will make the right choices at this time.
Toughest Dad Moment
NMo real time of anguish.
That said, Rob talks about dealing with conflict at school and how as a parent it must be left for them to manage the situation. We can advise, but at the end of the day they have to resolve things with their peers.
Tell me the story about how you and your partner created balance in your relationship? Ensure you get time together.
Rob met his wife through a mutual friend. It just naturally became time to start a family.
Rob believes the key to maintaining a good relationship is communication and having a personal interest in your partner. Rob and his wife meet regularly for lunch rather than having a date night.
He also believes that you need to do some of the things you used to do before children.
Give the listeners your experience in balancing career and family. What in your opinion is the key?
Rob works from home at least two days a week. Makes the logistics easier and keeps the stress levels low, by saving commuting time.
That said, Rob loves the drive to school because he finds it as a good time to communicate with his girls. He finds this setting a good forum where his kids will open up more.
What is your biggest worry when it comes to your children and how/what are you doing to mitigate these concerns?
Biggest worry is that they take a wrong path, get hurt or make a choice that has long-standing consequence.
Rob returns to the need to provide and instil good values so that they make the right choices.
The discussion moves into choosing friends and how to guide them.
What one change would you make to help you be a better Dad?
Rob believes that there needs to be a balance between independence and guidance.
- Favourate Dads Toy: Stand Up Paddle Board (SUP)
- Best Book: The Golden Spruce – John Vaillant
- Ensure time for yourself: Crossfit – 6am every morning
- Innovative Discipline: Pull-ups (Its not as bad as it sounds)
- Family Tradition: Dinner a few times each week and the Beach House.
- Personal Habit: Self-Discipline in Physical Activity
The more you have the less you own…
You have to do it your way – trust yourself.