“Dads are most ordinary men turned by love into heroes, adventurers, story-tellers, and singers of song.” Pam Brown
In 2020, everything is moving at a much faster pace. Not only are we peaking in terms of advances in technology, with smartphones and virtual meeting platforms it is hard to switch off. Then came COVID-19 and working remotely has meant that we no longer necessarily have office hours. For many, work and home life suddenly became integrated into everyday life.
While this has impacted moms who work from home, we cannot forget the dads and their very important role in the lives of their children. On the 21st of June, we celebrate Father’s Day. We asked some of our ‘Dads’ at Eiffel Corp what being a father means to them.
1) What does fatherhood mean to you?
This is a tough job man. Everyday. No breaks no weekends off…nothing. I think I should take up drinking to give myself a break. But it is my greatest achievement in life and I love it.
Being a teacher, a guide, a protector, a friend, a provider to little souls and helping them understand the world. Helping them to be good people and to be a positive influence on society.
The need to change my actions to lead by example and not act on impulse, the choice to love someone more than my own life.
Being a guide, mentor and helping my kids learn about the big wide world and all the wonderful things in it. It also means helping them discover their talents, interests and how the differences we all have are small, that we should be thankful for all that we have been given and to be respectful of everyone and everything. It’s also about creating lasting and happy memories my children can treasure their whole lives.
2) What do you like most about being a dad?
Although my kids are big, we still cuddle and I listen to their stories and pretend to be interested in some of the teenage stuff.
I love watching my kids grow in every sense, seeing them experiencing something for the first time and the wonder and excitement it brings. It is like seeing the world for the first time through their eyes.
Watching them grow into their potential and know I had a major part in moulding a successful human being.
Having fun and reliving my favourite memories of being a kid again through my kids’ experiences. Building forts, racing bikes, laughing at silly situations and all the simple little pleasures that bring so much joy to growing up.
3) What lockdown moment with your child(ren) have you enjoyed the most?
I know this is a bit evil but just to see them do some house chores that they’re not used to doing, but it gives them a new appreciation for what is done daily without them knowing.
To be able to spend time with them, to assist with their schoolwork and teach them some academics. To work around the house with them and do things together. The positive thing for me in this lockdown, is that it has allowed me to be closer with my children.
How they were forced to learn to work together in our confined spaces, but mostly the schools reopening.
Spending lots of close contact time together and learning more about each other. Life is hectic and we miss the little interactions that are really such a big part of every relationship.