NAME: Matthew Murray
PROFESSION: Operations Manager
CHILDREN: Masai, 4
WHAT IS A TYPICAL DAY IN YOUR LIFE LIKE?
My typical day consists of juggling operations management and marketing of Performance Zone Sports while being as available to my son as possible. I am also studying at this time. So on evenings, I collect Masai from school then take him to his grandfather while I go to my classes. The schedule in the week is very hectic and it requires the support of the extended family.
His grandfather, Michael, plays a vital role in making it all work. On weekends, I make up for the lost time and he does a variety of activities – from tennis, book club and piano lessons.
WHAT ARE THE BEST THINGS ABOUT BEING A FATHER?
The best thing about being a father is the ability to shape and guide the potential that my son has – to help him to grow and develop his skills and abilities, while always letting him know to speak up, be heard and never be afraid to be your own person. Being a father who is actively involved in my son’s life is the most important job to me. We both have a lot to learn in this journey together, and I must admit he has taught me to be more patient and responsible.
WHAT ARE YOUR MOST MEMORABLE MOMENTS IN FATHERHOOD?
My happiest moments in life were when I found out I was having a son, and the day I saw him come into this world.
WHAT IS/ARE THE MOST CHALLENGING THING(S) ABOUT BEING A FATHER?
The most challenging thing is how to instill discipline and deciding how hard or soft to be. I want to be firm yet compassionate, and make sure I am teaching him the best way to deal with conflict or differences of opinion.
WHAT MAKES A GOOD FATHER?
I don’t think there is any sure answer to this question. My only hope is that with humility and constant adaptation, I am able to adequately prepare my son for the future. But it is a constant work in progress.
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