Please introduce yourself: Name, what do you do & how many children you have.

My name is Richard Ross. I am a husband and father of three, and my wife and I founded Trotters in 1990.

How do you manage to juggle work and life balance as a father?

I am fortunate enough to absolutely love what I do, and I have a fantastic, passionate and driven team. Two of my three children work within the business too, so we not only see each other but we have the pleasure of working together every day too.

What makes you, as a dad, happy?

Seeing my children happy.

What is your favourite & least favourite thing about parenthood

My favourite thing is seeing my children thriving, happy and healthy and enjoying life to the full.

My least favourite thing is seeing them stressed or unhappy.

If you were a cartoon character, who would you be?

Asterix the Gaul, because I am often criticised for thinking the sky will fall on me

I’m a dad and……?

 

Tell us something mummy doesn’t know, something that happened during a ‘dad on duty’ moment.

I am not very good at keeping secrets at all. My wife knows everything and she has an amazing intuition, however she may not have known quite how many of the children’s biscuits I ate…

What advice would you give a first-time dad?

Enjoy it because it goes by so quickly. Make the most of it. Being a first-time dad is very special, it is a miracle.

Share a top tip with your fellow dads

I remember when my children were tiny my Mother told me to make the most of it because it goes by very quickly. At the time I didn’t take much notice, but I realise now that she was absolutely right. Despite the days when you are completely frazzled by family chores, remember it all goes by in the blink of an eye.

What does fatherhood represent to you? Please describe in few words what fatherhood means to you or has made out of you.

Becoming a father is the moment when you finally grow up! And then you realise you never will completely… children bring out the child in you too, and they are so much fun