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TWENTY men who attended a Father’s
Breakfast in Otorohanga on March 19
took away from the table some fresh in-
sights on being a good dad.
Three guest speakers – national direc-
tor of the New Zealand Christian Network
Glyn Carpenter, Media Ministries NZ
co-founder Mike Bain and Kaitikati Chris-
tian Centre’s senior pastor Rob Holding
shared their fatherhood experiences.
Mr Carpenter spoke about bringing up
his three boys, one of whom suffers from
a personality disorder.
Two have become doctors and the other
is a computer scientist.
He said his wife was constantly being
driven to tears and he needed to support
her while, at the same time, loving their
son who caused so much distress.
Mr Carpenter said his son once tried
to stuff a cat into the microwave at a cof-
fee morning while the other kids played
“When bringing up kids, you have to
deal with them as they are – not what
you want them to be.”
A marriage celebrant, he believes mar-
riage offers stability and commitment
other forms of relationships don’t, and
told those gathered he recently had the
pleasure of performing his son’s marriage
Mr Bain grew up in a dysfunctional
home where he and his siblings hid when
their father came home from work to “es-
cape getting a hiding”.
“However, I do try to remember the
softer side of my father who had major
issues with alcohol, women, gambling
He told the men gathered, he had great relation-
ships with his own children until, following his
marriage split and ensuing custody battle, when
those relationships “went out the window”.
“It’s important to take every opportunity you can
to build happy memories for your children that will
last regardless of your situation,” he said.
“Some fathers get to spend all day every day
with their children, others only see their kids for
an hour before bedtime, or sometimes, like me,
you’re a weekend dad.
“It’s the quality of that time your kids will re-
Mr Holding spoke about falling in love with and
marrying a woman with children, and making the
important decision to accept them as his own.
He said today “blended families” are quite com-
mon, and “the children never think of themselves
as stepchildren and neither should the dads”.
“The greatest compliment to any man in this
situation is the moment when your child says –
‘you may not be my biological father, but you are
“That’s what being a great dad is really all
BREAKFAST CHAT: New Zealand Christian Network na-
tional director Glyn Carpenter shared his views on being a
good dad with 20 men who attended a Father’s Breakfast in
Otorohanga on March 19. PHOTO SUPPLIED
Dads discuss parenting
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