Terrible jokes and endless love: Why TV host Matt Baseley loves being a dad

Kinderling News & Features

You may have seen Matt Baseley on your TV or heard him on your radio, or at a pinch, tearing up the odd show tune here and there. 

When he isn't presenting on Channel 7, he's a stay-at-home-dad to his daughter, Billie and son, Ziggy (with one more on the way!).

In between gymnastics classes and cooking up a storm to 90s hip hop, Matt shared with us five reflections on what modern fatherhood looks like for him.

1. What is your favourite thing about being a dad?

Other than finally having a legitimate excuse for terrible jokes and puns, it’s seeing the world through their eyes. 

Like how amazing a spider making a web is, or a rainbow in the sky, how funny it is seeing a dog do a poo - the stuff that once you reach a certain age you stop looking at or caring about, the simple stuff.

2. What’s your favourite thing to do with your kids?

Putting them to bed. Not because of the special conversations that we have, or the treasured story time with requests of different endings to Disney classics - mainly just because they are asleep, and the wife and I can eat whatever we want and watch whatever we want without any mini dictators' input. 

3. What is the thing you miss most about life before you became a dad?

I romanticise the days of going out and not coming home until the sun comes up, but honestly kids or not, the hangovers at my age wouldn’t be worth it. Also, swearing. I’m a pretty good swearer, and saying “far out” through gritted teeth when you pinch the skin of your finger on the pram break just isn’t the same. 

4. What has been the biggest surprise for you about being a parent?

The endless amount of love you have for them. When I met my wife, I thought I couldn’t possibly love someone or something as much as I love her (and Test Cricket). Then when Billie was born, it was something else, and again with Ziggy - it’s incredible.

(Also how much I like having baby wipes in my life, there is nothing they can’t clean!)

Matt with his daughter Billie, son Ziggy and wife Michelle.

5. What does 'me time' look like for you?

I’ll try and sneak out of the house early and go to the gym or for a run before the madness of the morning starts, and golf on the odd weekend. I’m in charge of dinners, so I get about 40 minutes at night where the kitchen is my sanctuary. I’ll put on some 90s hip hop and cook up a storm sans children. (And by storm I mean sausages.)

Hear Matt and other favourite Aussie parents on The Parent Panel, Fridays at midday, or listen back anytime wherever you get your podcasts.