Father’s Day: How We Do It At Habitat

Strange as it may seem, there is life outside the office. Literally, life. As we approach Father’s Day this Sunday (there’s your reminder if you’d forgotten!) we turn our attention to some of the men in Habitat HQ who, come 5.30pm (often later), don their SuperDad capes ready to return home to some altogether more demanding clients…their kids. We wanted to know how they’d be spending the day and what it means to them to be a dad. Turns out they quite enjoyed having the attention on themselves for a change!

Let’s meet some of our Habitat Dads.

Rick Austin – Business Analyst and Legacy PM and father to Finn, 2 ½ years, and 9 month old twins, Lottie and Isla

Rick with his 3 children

 

How will you be spending Father’s Day this year?

Going out for breakfast (if we get out of the house in time) then playing in the park before their swimming lessons.

What does it mean to you to be a father?

Always being there for them, no matter what. Oh, and letting them do things Mummy doesn’t let him do! Fatherhood is such a huge responsibility but I love every minute. It means I have even greater respect for my father and for what I must have put him through! I love the fact that nothing is about me anymore. I know how lucky I am and I’m making the most of every minute.

What’s the best thing about being a father?

I’ve been called a lot of things but Dad is my favourite. I love watching them grow and teaching them things then watching them do it themselves. Buying them things and watching their faces light up. Fatherhood allows you to be silly and get away with it and that it’s really okay to go to Nando’s at 11:30am. The best thing? Finding out you’re having twins!

 

 

Ben Rispin – Senior Ecommerce Manager and father to Henry, 14 months

Ben with his baby boy

 

How will you be spending Father’s Day this year?

We’ll be having a family day – either a music festival in the local park or going to the beach. Fingers crossed for breakfast in bed or maybe brunch somewhere (is a 9am breakfast called brunch when you’ve been up for 4 hours?)

What does it mean to you to be a father?

Responsibility – lifestyle adaptation – role model – living in constant mess – living in a family bubble – new level of happiness – bad back – grey hair – bags under eyes

What’s the best thing about being a father?

Watching them develop – specifically their personality and humour. That smile when you see them first thing in the morning, or after they wake up. Spending the weekends together

Reliving my childhood and getting excited about the simple things again – playing on the beach, Christmas, new toys, sunshine in the park, eating ice creams.

 

Matthew Long – Furniture Designer and father to Rafi, 3 years.

Matt with his son

How will you be spending Father’s Day this year?

I think we’re going to do a day trip to Whitstable for crab sandwiches and a beer followed by a nice walk and maybe a dip!

What does it mean to you to be a father?

Ha! Tricky one, it’s another dimension… It’s always being happy even when you wake at 3 in the morning with someone standing on your head.

What’s the best thing about being a father?

Watching this little person grow and learning about the world.

 

Andy Vick – Business Development Manager and father to Evelyn, 8 years, and George, 6

Andy with his 2 children

How will you be spending Father’s Day this year?

We are going to the Bugsy Malone show at the Lyric in Hammersmith.  “Daddo” is possibly more excited than the kids!

What does it mean to you to be a father?

Evie and Georgie help me put life into perspective and I love looking at the world through their innocent eyes.

What’s the best thing about being a father?

Getting bundled every morning and waking up to big friendly smiles.

 

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