Gareth is a father of two, 4 year old boy and a little girl aged 2. Gareth is married and is a digital strategist and has done projects with some prestigious businesses.
A short chilled out interview with some great tips around negotiating with your kids.
Key Points of Interview
Type of Dad
Laid back dad with the philosophy that kids will be kids – positive outlook.
Tell the story about your transition between being without Children to being a Dad?
Struggled with the loss of autonomy. Not being able to do things I used to do without preparation.
Struggled with picking up the slack at home.
Gareth discusses the importance of being at home at peak hour.
What struggles did you have with the transition and a time where you may have felt like you messed up?
Gareth talks about a family holiday where he chose work over the family.
Tell me the story about how you and your partner created balance in your relationship? Ensure you get time together.
Gareth met his wife at the spring racing carnival in Melbourne, Australia.
The key to maintaining a good relationship is for both people to continue to do activities that were done prior to marriage. You don’t have to be joined together all the time.
Give the listeners your experience in balancing career and family. What in your opinion is the key?
Work hard when you are young to set yourself up for when you do get married.
Do things for yourself or additional work duties outside of the hours when you are with your family (e.g. after 9pm).
What is your biggest worry when it comes to your children and how/what are you doing to mitigate these concerns?
Interaction and socialisation in addition to education.
Most proud moment – when did you really nail it as a Dad?
When his son fought back to a bully – proud to have his son stand up for himself.
Also when both kids get on together.
- Favourite Dads Toy: Any sporting equipment – teaches kids to play team sports.
- Productivity tool or website: Asking mates how to handle situations
- Ensure time for yourself: 8.30pm – 12 midnight to do my own projects.
- Innovative Discipline: Negotiation (some great advice on how to negotiate with your kids)
- Family Tradition: Every second week have each of the grandparents over for dinner.
- Personal Habit: My relaxed nature.
Get a good education and make good quality friends
Enjoy quality time with your kids and more….