Paul Medeiros

The Source is the largest specialised bulk food retailer in Australia so you can only guess how busy its owner, Paul Medeiros, is every day. But family always comes first for this dedicated father of three delights including Harley (7), Mason (4) and baby Millie (9 weeks).

Take us back to the moment you first became a dad. What do you remember? I vividly remember laying with my new son on my chest in the birthing suite when he was just one-hour old thinking how special that moment was. I re-live that moment often – it’s such a powerful memory for me.

What is your favourite way to bond with your kids? Our daughter is only new but I love taking the boys camping. We try to get away once every couple of months. The simple things really are the best and there is nothing like being out in nature or around a camp re.

If you could pick one superpower to help you with your daily ‘dad’-ly duties, what would it be and why? I’d like kid superpowers to unlearn ‘adultness’ and time freeze so I can spend more time playing!

When you’re at home, what is your favourite time of the day? There is nothing I love more than coming home to see my kids, especially after a busy day at work! Anytime I spend with them is very precious to me. I also love the weekends when we have time to go out on adventures together, go to the beach or just hang at home.

What is one thing your kids do that drives you absolutely crazy? Like any parent, it drives me crazy when I have to ask them to do the same thing a million times! Sometimes they are so busy having fun and chatting together that they are oblivious to what they should be doing or what I say. As I get older I’m getting more relaxed and I try to appreciate the fact that they are so happy together rather than listening to me!

Describe a day in your home using a song title? ‘All you need is love’ by The Beatles

What lessons do you hope your kids pass onto their own children that they’ve learned from you and your partner? My wife and I are very mindful about the kids’ emotional well-being. As long as their hearts are happy that is all that matters. We often talk to them about their ‘happy hearts’. I’d hope they carry that through their lives and pass on that deep inner happiness to their own families one day. I’d also hope that they pass on our love and passion for the environment to their kids because it’s the kids of the future who are going to help save the planet!

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