Gavin (father of 4): It’s just because it is.
Child: But the waves can’t get us.
Belinda (mother of 4): You know, they’re all different. Some of them may be affectionate all of the time, some of them sometimes, some of them rarely, but they all want to feel safe and they all want to feel loved and they want you to be proud of them.
Rahnia (mother of Allirah and Ashtyn): You can see that they feel it and they know that they are secure and that they’re safe and that this person loves them. Even just looking in their eyes when you’re talking to them I find is so important.
Suzanne (mother of Sadie and Poppy): Say it all the time, tell them that you love them all the time. To never question how much you love them just … There’s one thing parked and they can go off and be individuals I think allows them to be. If they’re searching or they don’t feel quite 100 percent about that then they’re going to spend a lot of their lives looking for the love from their parents. To me, it’s just, it’s the easiest, it’s the easiest thing. I’ve always said, you know, love is easy.
Adam (father of Elly): Well, it’s an amazing feeling and just when she comes up to you and gives you a big cuddle and she tells you that she loves you, it’s ... you can’t describe how that makes you feel. It’s just absolutely the most amazing feeling.
Heather (mother of Declan and Angus): It was actually very recently that my eldest son, he asked me for the first time ever, ‘How was your day Mum?’ Which was a surprisingly lovely thing to hear, so we enjoy this time where we do talk about what each other has been up to in the day and what we plan to do, um, the next day.
Tony (father of Declan and Angus): He will work through the week and he will say, ‘Is today a Daddy day?’ And I’ll say, ‘Yes’. ‘And Gussy’s at school today?’ ‘Yes, Gussy’s at school’. And he goes, ‘Yay!’ So he’s really, he’s really happy about that sort of situation as well so he’s got me 100 percent.
Russell (father of 2): The hardest thing for me as a parent has been distance. I had to go to New York and make this film, so for 8 weeks they weren’t there and then when they turned up, Charlie was so funny. He was sitting on Danielle’s lap and I could see them through the kitchen window as I came around and I came in through the door and I said his name and he heard my voice but he couldn’t see me immediately so his head was flying around. And he saw me and he jumped off his mum’s knee and he started running towards me, and the first 2 steps were really happy, and the second 2 steps that happiness was kind of overtaken by the distance he’d just experienced and then the next 2 steps he completely collapsed emotionally, so by the time he got to me he was just in a ball on the ground crying his eyes out. So I just picked him up and we had a bit of a cuddle. But that memory of him telling me just how much he’d missed me is going to stay with me forever.