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FATHER’S DAY





Sometimes the biological link can be much less important than the love and care that good dads lavish on their kids


of juggling work with running around after the kids,” agrees Lisa, mum of two. But my friend Hazel, who has two little girls, reckons she’s married to the best dad in the world. When I quizzed her as to exactly what he gets right and how other fathers could seek to replicate his winning ways, she trotted out a list of things he does, from cooking for the kids and taking the trouble to notice what they really like to eat, to making them beds and swings from scratch and teaching them how the garden works. “What’s funny is that it’s actually difficult to think of ALL the things he does that make


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him such a brilliant dad, because there are so many that I sort of take it for granted and think he’s just an ordinary dad,” she says. “But actually, that in itself speaks volumes and shows what an extraordinary father he is to our girls.” Which got me thinking; the secret to being a brilliant Dad is never going to be a one-size- fits-all-formula. What makes you amazing is all the little things you do for our kids and to help nurture and protect our family. No-one else can do that better. Which leaves just one thing left to say: thanks, dads…. we think you are irreplaceable. n


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