Opinion

Modern Man

There are times when I look at my childless friends with envy.

Like when they are discussing the endless parties they seem to go to (without a party bag or a musical chair in sight). Or when they casually drop into conversation that they are learning a language, building a guitar, or hand-stitching an outfit for one of their never-ending parties. I marvel at the amount of spare time that must be available to those who are "deliberately barren" or just haven't met the right set of genes to reproduce with yet.

After nearly 10 years of this parenting caper, I find that inevitably I, and most of my friends, have fallen into that most sought-after of demographics - "working families".

As a voting block it seems those in Canberra think we are a political force to be reckoned with, but after another day's work and another night getting kids fed, bathed and off to bed, I've barely got the energy to change the channel on the TV - let alone change the world.

But beyond the exhaustion there are, of course, times when having kids brings joy from the most unexpected of places and you wouldn't sell 'em on eBay even if you could.

Last Friday I agreed to take my eldest daughter and three of her friends to a Halloween disco at Repentance Creek Hall. This was my compromise for not letting her go 'trick or treating' and I went with about as much enthusiasm as I have for going to the dentist. I was being the dutiful dad and I thought I'd sit around until they were ready to go home, but after a bit of an awkward start, the DJ pulled out some sure-fire crowd pleasers and I was up dancing with my daughter and her friends, making a fool of myself and having a ball.

I was singing along with John Lennon to Twist and Shout, doing all the moves to the YMCA, the Time Warp, the Chicken Dance and the latest dance craze to sweep the world, Gangnam Style. You couldn't wipe the smile from my face with Psy's sweaty white socks.

Then on Sunday a friend set up a 40m slip and slide on a steep grassy hill. Having kids was my licence to be silly and go tearing down the plastic on a boogie board while my kids followed me down on an inflatable crocodile.

It was good clean family fun and I'm sure if any of my childless friends were there, they would have been looking on in envy.

Topics:  opinion


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

End of an era: Last opening ever at Lismore Gallery

FINAL OPENING: The current gallery building in Molesworth Street.

Last opening ever at Lismore Gallery in Molesworth St

REVEALED: A new Northern Rivers music festival in 2017

Lismore Music Festival co-directors Scott Cooper and Paul Connelly.

Mark March 10 and 11 in your calendar

Dreams and culture in them there hills...

Sophie Moeller, Lismore Echo Editor. Photo Cathy Adams / The Northern Star

Hall's stories bring local history alive through song and dance

Local Partners

Rapist's bail revoked, back behind bars

HE WAS granted bail despite raping a woman on the side of the road near Grafton, but now Alessandro Bongiorno will have to await his sentence from a prison cell

REVEALED: A new Northern Rivers music festival in 2017

Lismore Music Festival co-directors Scott Cooper and Paul Connelly.

Mark March 10 and 11 in your calendar

Local arts organisations receive funding for 2017 projects

Djurra will be NORPA's locally-developed show in its 2017 season.

Byron Bay and Lismore initiatives focus on aboriginal art

Five things to do in Lismore this week

The Nimbin event is  presented by non-profit Gold Coast-based Indonesian dance troupe Seharum Nusantara.

Dance, culture, film, art and more

Brad Pitt bids to keep custody battle private

Brad Pitt will go to court to keep his custody battle private

Sia has split from her husband

Sia has split from her husband Erik Anders Lang.

Amy Schumer thanks Barbie trolls for hateful comments

Amy Schumer is in the lead role for the new Barbie movie

Shannen Doherty's husband is suing for destroyed sex life

Shannen Doherty's husband is suing her former manager

Azealia Banks' battery case against Russell Crowe dropped

Russell Crowe will not be charged with battery

Mel Gibson named Best Director at AACTA Awards

Mel Gibson poses in the media room after winning the AACTA Award for Best Direction for Hacksaw Ridge.

HIS wartime drama Hacksaw Ridge sweeps 6th annual awards in Sydney.

INSIDE STORY: The highlights of your $150 million CBD

GRAND PLAN: The highlights of the Ipswich CBD redevelopment and where they will be located.

Work on city heart's radical transformation to begin next year

VOTE IN OUR POLL: Sand mine opponents face serious dilemma

Public meeting for the proposed sand mine at Maroochydore last week.

Coast MP calls on Minister to stop KRA proposal with stroke of a pen

Developer's grand new multi-million dollar estate

NEW ESTATE: This is the only plan revealed by the property developer's new Billabongs Estate in Agnes Water.

DEVELOPER given the go ahead for a massive estate with 149 homes.

Banks reclaim Gladstone homes as job losses bite

LONG FALL: Property experts Heron Todd say, based on key market indicators, Gladstone is still travelling to the bottom of the market, with property prices set to get cheaper.

Property valuers say Gladstone housing market hasn't hit the bottom

The million dollar property to test Mackay's market

This Victoria St building will go to auction Tuesday and investors will be watching closely to see how much it sells for.

'High profile architect designed CBD asset' goes to auction

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!