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Fathers' Day Special

By Denise Teo

“A good father is one of the most unsung, unpraised, unnoticed and yet one of the most valuable assets in our society.”  - Billy Graham 

This Fathers’ Day, we celebrate our unsung heroes, our Dads. Whether you are the “behind the scenes” Dad, the “fun” Dad, the “super hands on” Dad or the “disciplinarian” Dad. We all agree that our lives would be less fun, less noisy and less messy with you around. Let’s hear from our Dads in the EtonHouse Community, sharing their joy, hopes and dreams as they journey through the beautiful mess of fatherhood. 

Ng Yi Xian


Executive Director of EtonHouse International Holdings 


Length of Dad service: 3 months

What's your most memorable moment as a dad? 


My twins spent the first few weeks of their life in the Natal ICU because they were born about a month premature. It didn't help that because of COVID-19, few members of the family could see them. For several weeks, I had the strange experience being a father for 3 visiting time slots a day, and coming home to a house without the sound of children. The moment I was able to bring them home from the hospital was incredibly special to me, because I felt for the first time that I was a "real" dad, and not a 3 times a day father! 


What's a good day to you as a dad? 

 

I start everyday with some time with my children before I retreat to my home office to start the day's work. A good day for me is making time and mind space to continue that connection with my children throughout the day. They're still at the stage of wonder at the whole world and they both love to perch their heads on my shoulder to look around them. It's a treat to walk around the garden with them and notice how every little thing which we take for granted around us sparks wonder in their eyes.


What's one thing you wish you could do more? 


I wish I could be more present when I'm with my children. Despite all the meditation I do, when I have tasks left to do and unfinished business awaiting my attention, I can't help but not be 100% present with my children. And that's something which continues to be a work in progress for me.

 
At this stage, what do you most look forward to as a dad? 


I look forward to taking them to school one day! And seeing the world beyond their home!
 

 

What's the best piece of advice you've ever received about fatherhood that you would like to share?


Before I became a father, when I told people that we were expecting twins, some people said to me "you're in for trouble!". Most people used more "colourful" language when they shared their sentiments to me. I frankly never really found that either constructive or helpful. No one ever said that building something special or great was easy! Is it any wonder that building relationships with our children are any different? Furthermore looking at parenting in that kind of mindset really takes away from the moments of joy that we all appreciate and that money cannot buy!

Mark Parsons


Physical Education / Sports Inquiry Teacher & Senior Teacher - Programme Innovation & Marketing Coordinator at EtonHouse Sentosa
 

Length of Dad service: 4 years, 11 months

What's your most memorable moment as a dad? 

 

There are so many memorable moments as a Dad that I can't select just one. I do however really cherish the moments when Harrison and I share his first "life achievements" or when exploring something for the first time. I'll never forget the first time he opened his eyes as a baby, his first steps, his first words, the first time he heard music and danced, the first time he learnt how to swim, the first time he rode his "big bike", his first flight and holiday overseas etc. These are moments that I'll never forget and these moments and memories continue to build each and every day as a Dad.


What's a good day to you as a dad? 

 

Just spending quality time with each other and doing fun things. A swim in the pool, followed by a bike ride and then building a tent together finished with a night of "camping" in the living room with a movie and snacks is a pretty regular weekend day together that we both really enjoy.


What's one thing you wish you could do more? 

 

I'd like to have a little more quality time together. There are so many distractions in life, weekdays are so short and it's hard to fit everything that you would like to into your day. That's why we truly make the most of the weekends and our holidays together as a family, they are so precious to us.

 
At this stage, what do you most look forward to as a dad? 


This takes us back to question 1 :) I'm really enjoying being alongside Harrison on his journey through life and being involved in his questioning, wondering and experiences. I'm excited about the new things we will explore and achieve together. Next on our list is for Harrison to catch his first fish!

 

What's the best piece of advice you've ever received about fatherhood that you would like to share?


No parent is perfect, no matter how much you prepare. You will always question yourself and some of the decisions you make. However, if you have the right intentions, your heart is in the right place and you are truly trying your best then take each day as it comes and enjoy the ride. Also respect your children's views and input, speak to them and share your thoughts and ideas and they will surprise you with their kindness, knowledge and understanding. 

Tan Chwan Foung


Senior HR & Payroll Manager at EtonHouse Human Resource Department 


Length of Dad service: 10 years

What's your most memorable moment as a dad? 

 

I feel touched when my daughter and son cuddle me at the same time at the school gate. They have grown up and I look forward to seeing them advancing to university. 


What's a good day to you as a dad? 

 

I love spending time with my children since they were born. I love to see them smile and play with me although I feel tired after a day’s work. This is the moment I would call a good day for me as a Dad. 


What's one thing you wish you could do more? 

 

I do hope my children enjoy their life and I wish I could have more time with them to continue with their journey. 

 
At this stage, what do you most look forward to as a dad? 

 

The world has changed since they were born and their future is uncertain due to more challenges ahead. I look forward to seeing them ready for the “new world”. 

 

What's the best piece of advice you've ever received about fatherhood that you would like to share?

 

“Any fool can be a father but it takes a real man to be a Daddy!” Being fathers, we can lead the children to develop a better world and for the rest of their lives. 

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