Top job by dad with six kids

By SAMANTHA HEALY

GRANT Wilkins admits raising six children on his own has been tough, but says being a dad has been one of his greatest achievements.

The Pottsville father, who has two boys and four girls, was left to raise his children on his own after their mother left three years ago.

But daughter Tamara, 16, says her dad is the best father in the world.

"He is both mum and dad to us," Tamara said.

"He has done such a great job with us.

"And he never stresses much.

"He's actually pretty cool for a dad."

Tomorrow is Fathers Day.

Fathers, grandfathers, guardians, will all be honoured for the love, care and%advice they have bestowed on their children.

In the Wilkins household, 10-year-old Thomas, Michael, 14, Tamara, 16, Katie, 18, Nicole, 21 and 23-year-old Bianca, who all still live at home, will spoil their dad, starting with breakfast in bed and involving a lot of general rest and relaxation.

"It will be good to take the day off," Mr Wilkins said. "But I am lucky.

"You could not ask for a better bunch of kids."

Several years ago Mr Wilkins was involved in a serious car crash, suffering many injuries including broken ribs and a fractured skull.

When he returned home he was not able to do a lot of things, but his children rallied behind their father and took on the workload around the house.

"The older kids were great, they helped me out a lot," Mr Wilkins said. "They just amazed me how much they rallied to help, tying my shoelaces, fixing farm fences, everyone pitched in. "We have a motto in our house, 'many hands, make light work'."

But one of the biggest challenges for this "super dad" has been raising daughters.

"I knew a lot about women already, but having four daughters really opens your eyes," he said with a smile.

"But I wouldn't change any of it for anything in the world."

Between being a father, Mr Wilkins has also coached many Tweed kids in soccer over the years and has been the president of the Burringbar Soccer Club for the past three years.



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