Tom Williams on the 'circus qualifications' needed to be a modern dad

Kinderling News & Features

Tom Williams has had a huge career appearing on our TV screens for almost two decades. In that time, from a chance segment on the Merrick and Rosso radio show, he's hosted gigs on some of Australia's favourite shows; The Great Outdoors, Room For Improvement and Dancing With The Stars, just to name a few.

The tradie-turned-TV-personality has taken a lot from his time in the spotlight; learning how to balance a booming professional career with his personal life, and the intertwining of the two.

He and his wife, fashion designer Rachel Gilbert, have two daughters and for Tom, the best part of being a dad starts with the laughter. 

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

The laughs the children bring to our lives. Right now they are starting to pick up on things we say and repeat them back, and those moments are making me laugh a lot.

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

We love going to the park, riding bikes and scooters. I do the story time at night and that’s one of the most special times. I love preschool drop-offs, and having those special one on one times together. They are both adjusting to Daddys' music now, so we have certain songs that we dance to.

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My happiness

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

Was there another life before kids? My memory has faded, I don’t recall that time! Wait on, now that I think of it - spending money on whatever I wanted, surfing whenever I wanted, staying out till late, sleeping in, having the boys around to watch the footy, swearing, being the child!

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

I’m surprised at how much I get done! I thought I could spin some plates before kids, but now I’m ‘circus’ qualified I get sooo much done per day - on paper it would blow anyone away, and that’s with no or little help. My diary per day is intense.

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My Girls....Before Sloane.

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

Limited! But well utilised. Surf-ski paddling is my activity in the morning, first thing before the family rise. It’s good to get that exercise and training out of the way early. Rachel and I will do yoga together occasionally and when it's footy season, I attend most Swans home games. Oh, and cycling the ‘Mosman Alps’ from time to time.

So ‘me time’ is essentially exercise!

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