Kids are very observant — they notice more than you realize. As a parent you want to make sure what your kids see is the most positive thing that you can demonstrate. So do things with your whole heart, and look for things that you’re passionate about and shoot for those goals.
Abe Borzykowski, age 66
If you tune into your kid’s stress, it’ll help you be a little more sympathetic and little less angry and frustrated… You want your kid to pick up that you’re on their side; not that you’re just going to give them everything that they want, but you’re trying to help them.
John Hoffman, age 66
The world tells you that you have to have the biggest house, but our boys growing up together in the same room, in a neighbourhood where everybody had their own floor, was something neat. We didn’t finish our basement and I’m glad, because it forced everybody to be together on the main floor in the kitchen or the room where the TV was. We were pretty intentional about those kinds of things. Being intentional and trying to make the right decision, that’s all you’re accountable for.
Anthony DeGazon, age 53
Music school co-owner
We used to go to my friend’s cottage over the Christmas break. And I remember, once at the cottage when my son, Ryan, was small, he tugged at my sweatpants and said, I like you better in your sweatpants than I do your business clothes. So, I would tell a young father to build traditions into his family life, because that’s what your kids will remember.
Bill Poole, age 74
Financial advisory firm partner
It took getting divorced and being thrown into the deep end of parenting to actually become a parent in the way that you should be. I was very hands-on with my kids before, but now, I try to focus on quality activities, like getting to know them on a more personal level, rather than grand gestures.
David Kinlough, age 44
These interviews have been condensed and edited.
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