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Goggleboxers reveal 'What I love most about being a dad'

We've come to know them so well through our TV screens that they've almost become part of our own families. As Father's Day rolls around, we celebrate our Gogglebox dads.

Each week we get a dose of dad humour, dad wisdom and more care of the Gogglebox patriarchs. This Father's Day, we get an insight into what being a dad means to them and how their own families will help them celebrate the big day.

Matt Dalton

The best advice my own dad gave me was ... 

"Work hard and be patient. You have to put the log hours in. He also said, 'Don’t tell your mum!'"

My favourite memory of my dad is ... 

"Dad used to play VFL football for Collingwood and other clubs, and I can remember going to some of his footy matches every weekend as a young child. I was always in charge of passing the chewing gum around to all the players. I normally gave one ate one, so my mouth was full within three minutes."

The advice Dad gave me when I became a father myself was ...

“Be affectionate with your baby, especially as they continue to get older. And always let them talk to you about a variety of topics."

For me, a perfect Father's Day is ...

"Because my kids are at uni and getting older, they often become ships passing in the night. I simply like sitting on the couch chatting with them, or playing with the dog in the park with them. Getting their attention is the key, and that normally becomes food related. No doubt we will have my folks over to my house this Father's Day."

The most rewarding thing about being a father is... 

"I like it when the kids come to you for advice, or you explain something to them and they are successful with it. Its great to see them both learn and achieve something they want. Seeing them develop gives me such great satisfaction. My kids being safe and happy is one of my main aims in life."

Grant Jackson

My favourite memory of my dad is... 

"Growing up going to Leichhardt Oval to watch the mighty Tigers play. Great memories."

The advice my dad gave me when I became a dad myself was ...

"Because I was only young at the time it was more based around not to give up on my education and dreams, he just advised it would now involve some unexpected obstacles."

Now I'm a grandparent, I've told my own son ...

"Don’t let time pass you by. Before you know it your kids will be leaving home, enjoy every moment."

My favourite Father's Day present was...

"I have received plenty of awesome gifts but my most memorable was a bookmark I got from Chase when he was in preschool and it had a photo of him posing like a Victoria’s Secret model lying on a beach. It still makes everyone laugh and Chase blush!"

For me, a perfect Father's Day is ...

"There's nothing better then a good family get together while watching some football, having some beers and having a laugh."

The most rewarding thing about being a father is...

"I enjoy watching how they develop their own sense of humour, and also how they pick up traits from both myself and Stacey. Obviously, all the sports and school achievements make me proud, but when I see them do something protective or thoughtful to their siblings I feel that is the most rewarding thing about raising kids."

Mick 

The best advice my own dad gave me was ...

"Don’t drink too much. I thought this a bit odd as at the time he was a shareholder and director of the Grafton Brewery."

My favourite memory of my dad is...

"The family lived in Grafton for about three years during my mid-teens. School holidays were spent at Yamba. Fishing in an old clinker built and put at the mouth of the Clarence River with my father was memorable and fun. I vividly remember catching a flathead that was a bit bigger than half my size."

Now I'm a grandparent ...

"I have never found it necessary to impart any profound advice to my kids about parenting. I hope that the way in which my children have been brought up and the values we have passed on to them has equipped them for adulthood."



Father's Day presents are usually...

"Nothing big but always well received. Di and my kids are thoughtful gift givers. Di and I enjoy art and have similar taste so Father's Day and Mother's Day is often artwork. A Phantom shield from Papua New Guinea is one of our favourite pieces.

As a family ...
"We always celebrate Mother's and Father's Days. I’m always well looked after. It’s usually lunch at a nice restaurant."

The most rewarding thing about being a father is...

"I think the most rewarding thing has been seeing my two children grow up to be interesting and decent people. Having been married for 51 years is a bonus."

Keith

My favourite Father's Day present was ...

"The most treasured presents were the ones they make at school and we still have."

My Father's Day ritual is ...

"The ritual I once had was catching up with Lee's dad having a blokes day out on Father's Day. Since he has passed I catch up with my son and now we have a blokes day out. My daughter Shannon always takes me out for brunch as she works most Sundays."

The most rewarding thing about being a father is ...

"That Lee and I have raised the kids to respect others and to see them grow into the people they have become. We are both extremely proud of both of our children."

Tom

The best advice to give your kids...

"Sometimes is to give no advice at all, always be available to listen and let them run their own race, you will be amazed what your children can accomplish."

My favourite Father's Day gifts are...

"The handmade gifts we have received from the kids are still our favourites, there are metal candlesticks, pottery creatures, wooded stools, fire engines and many more still proudly displayed around the house."

As with all celebrations in our house, Father's Day...

"Revolves around the dinner table. When you are lucky enough to have a fantastic cook in the family, namely Wayne, it’s very easy to get the whole family together."

The most rewarding thing about being a dad is...

"Getting to the other side, LOL. Looking back on the day to day of raising a family, it can be very hard, always questioning if you are doing the right thing, but now that they are off living their own lives we both reflect with pride the amazing adults they have become. But we are waiting anxiously for grandchildren... hint, hint."

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